Motocross Racing – Popular, Yet Dangerous Extreme Sport

Motocross racing is one of the most popular extreme sports today, and it's called an extreme sport for a reason. In motocross racing, broken bones are common and deaths do occur. But riders say the danger is something they accept and are aware of, although they try not to think about it when on the track. So why do they do it, and how do they keep doing it even after injuries?

Motocross is a sport that an entire family can participate in. That doesn't mean mom and dad race alongside their children on a track. You will occasionally see an entire family riding, but usually it is one or two of them who actually competes, and generally not in the same class. The rest of the family provides support on the track and off, whether it's the routine rush to buy parts, working on the bike, providing refreshments, cheering while they ride or comforting them as they heal.

Children as young as four years old can begin racing, although the "Pee Wee Jr." class racing 50cc bikes isn't very fast and does not involve the risk that older competitors face. Seeing those little riders slowly maneuvering around a track is delightful, they are adorable. But as they get older and braver and their bikes get bigger and faster - watch out!

Dangers of Motocross

In motocross, riders fly from one jump to the next, which may mean piloting in the air 70 feet or more at high speeds as they race around a motocross track. They whip the bike on its side, causing spectators to gasp at times. The speed, the competition, the danger- it's an addictive adrenaline rush, which is why so many riders love it.

Motocross injuries are common, and to continue competing after an injury a rider must allow time to heal before returning to ride. But the more time a rider is away, the more he or she must work to get back to the pre-injury skill level. And, staying away from the track is almost an impossible task for a passionate rider. So, fast and proper healing is needed.

Fractures of the wrist, shoulder and knee are among common motocross injuries. Orthopedic specialists such as Dr. Sanders of the Sanders Clinic in Houston (healthcare provider for the AMA Supercross) often treat rotator cuff tears, ACL injuries, and distal radius fractures, among other motocross injuries. Dr. Sanders has developed a program to help competitors with the "fastest way back," so if you're in the Houston area, or anywhere for that matter, give him a call.

Another specialist treating motocross injuries in Houston is the renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Larry Likover. Dr. Likover has been treating knee, shoulder and hip problems on the West side for more than 32 years, and although he specializes in knee replacement, he also skillfully performs surgical procedures commonly needed by motocross racers. A few such procedures include ACL surgery and arthroscopic surgery for a rotator cuff or meniscus tear. Experiencing shoulder pain after a fall? A tearing of the rotator cuff could be the cause. If your knee is locking up, a meniscus tear may be the problem. Don't delay treatment! If you do, the problem will likely get worse.

It's not unusual for motocross riders to compete as long as their bodies allow, but even when they've broken too many bones to continue, or they've become old enough that their injuries do not heal as well as they did when younger, many still continue going to the track. Some have children who have entered the sport, others have formed lifelong friendships they want to maintain. It's not simply an adrenaline rush that draws motocross riders and their families. It's also friendships made, the family atmosphere, the discipline and sportsmanship learned, and the excitement and fun. It's a sport that the entire family can enjoy together, and they do.

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Do You Ride Motocross? Do Your Kids? Tell Us About It! 26 comments

Hola 8 years ago

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MX Race Fane 7 years ago from OKLAHOMA CITY

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This like majorly helped with a makeup paper i had to write for gym out with knee injury. thankss


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Tara Hayes 6 years ago

I have a 9 year old son who was wearing a helmet, neck brace, and chest protectors while practicing for a race in April 2010...... HE jumped a jump and cased the next jump (landed on top) and he fell. After he was Airlifted to the Hospital, he lay there unconscious for about 8 days!!!! I am a mother who almost lost her son to this sport EVEN when all the protection was taken!!!! I WOULD NOT recommend this sport for ANY children and if you value your childs life.... STOP NOW!!!! It is not IF they get hurt bad... its WHEN!!!


RL27 5 years ago

Good article. If you are looking for some motocross tracks to ride at I would check out http://mxtrackguide.com.


Steve Knight 5 years ago

Tara Hayes, I was just wondering how your son is doing. I hope he has healed and all is ok.

Best,

Steve


mianne 5 years ago

,, english class ,, have to research things about motocross ,, but its fun though


joey h 5 years ago

you always get hurt when your tired. motox is difficult it involves every muscle in you're body except your p***s. when u get tired the g forces get you to just hold the throttle wide open and your form slowly drops. eventually you will get cross rutted, slide out...etc..


Luke 4 years ago

Its the most thrilling sport in the world gets you so pumped until your in a hospital bed with your shoulder hanging out of place like I was , I've had to give up


moto man 4 years ago

thanx guys for the info


harrison 4 years ago

It is the most dangerous sport on the planet but i love the thrill and excitement so i wouldn't trade it for the world, pain heals but


Mike Rotchtickles 4 years ago

Dirtbike racing is amazingg although i jus broke my collar bone racingg


Mechelle 4 years ago

My kids ride mx, yes it is dangerous but you can't wrap them up in cotton wool. They love it and are good at it, my eldest has had three broken arms, none of them from his bike, the first time he fell out of the treehouse :/ So I should ban him from climbing trees? Our hospital is full on Sundays from football not motocross.


GANGSTA BITCH 4 years ago

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noah mx 4 years ago

yeah injuries happen and people die but so what i rather die while doing something i love instead of dying of being afraid.


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