Concussion - Off of the bike for a bit

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12/15/2015 7:39 PM

I know I don't really post much in a serious way but this is more or less just so that some of my Skype friends and other internet homies can know what happened to me.

I was riding on Sunday and I was having a good time and then the thought of trying a backflip kind of came into my mind once again after seeing one of my friends do one. I think I mentioned it or he mentioned it and the discussion started. He ended up telling me that he thought I had it and everyone around proceeded to say the same. Deep down, I knew that I could do the flip because I had done one before on resi and I really don't think they're that hard but I was scared. I didn't think I was going to do it until my friend said, "You know that if you don't do it, you're going to think about it right before bed and it's going to bug you so much." And he couldn't have been more right. So I gave it 2 run ups for speed and then I took my phone out and told Keith to film because I was definitely about to try a flip.I tried it and this happened. As you can see if you watched the whole video, I over rotated the flip, landed on my back and smacked my head off of the ground hard enough to knock myself out while wearing the certified Bell Faction helmet. After coming back completely, I began talking about the hospital, whether or not I should go, should I drive home, blah, blah, blah. After about 45 minutes of drinking water, talking to my friends, and sitting down, I determined that I was good enough to drive home. So I did.

I drove home, without telling my parents what happened. (For those of you who don't know, I am 16.) I come home, I tell my parents and they're mad that I tried to flip on concrete and they're even more mad that I drove home but none of that really matters so I won't go into great detail about all of that bullshit. My dad drives me to the hospital. I feel tired, light-headed, a little dizzy at times, and I keep getting off and on headaches. They determined that I had a concussion and sent me to get a CT scan to make sure there weren't any fractures in my skull or internal bleeding. No surprise to me, the CT scan looked fine. They just determined that I hit my head really really hard and I have a concussion.

2 days after the accident, I am feeling better than I did that night but I still feel "off" and I am getting headaches a good bit. This isn't my first concussion so I know that this is something that I should expect. I go to see a specialist tomorrow to see the full extent of the concussion and how long I'll be off the bike. In the mean time, I'm going to try to start being online more. Mostly Skype but I'll try to get on here as much as I can as well. I still don't remember anything from the time I was pedaling in the beginning of the video until I woke up on the ground. I'll keep you guys updated with what the specialist says tomorrow.

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12/15/2015 7:55 PM

Don't rush it man that was a serious knock to the Mellon , one thing I find relieving when I feel almost ready to ride again is flips off springboards into pools helps the confidence a bit , head injuries suck

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12/15/2015 8:10 PM

eskimojay wrote:

Don't rush it man that was a serious knock to the Mellon , one thing I find relieving when I feel almost ready to ride again ...more

Yeah, I'm guessing it will be while I do anything physical.

Although in the video, I said, "I wish I remembered it!" now that I really watch and think about what happened to me, I am glad that I don't remember it because I feel like remembering the sound of my head smacking off of the concrete and everything would have freaked me out so much and it probably would sketch me out a ton in the future as well.

I plan to take this one slow and follow the doctor's orders. If it was a wrist or an ankle or a foot or something, I would be known to say otherwise but when you're talking about your brain, it's serious stuff so I don't want to rush into anything. In the mean time, I'll be sleeping, playing with tech decks, playing with my handboard whenever it comes in, getting on here as much as I can, and I'll probably be playing my Xbox as soon as I can too. I can't right now though because even looking at a computer screen for too long starts to make me feel like shit. Eventually, I'll film for my boys so that content continues to be put on the channel. Maybe we can work on filming a non riding video like a QnA or something like that. But yeah, I plan to keep myself busy while I'm off the bike. If anyone wants to play Xbox eventually, my gamertag is Willy Duh Kid....For those of you who haven't seen our YouTube videos, our channel is BethanyBMX.

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12/15/2015 8:19 PM

Yeah dude I saw that when you posted it on IG. You had an insane amount of velocity. Glad to see you're not permanently injured and lots of respect for going for it! Better it happened now instead of the beginning of summer at least too

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12/15/2015 9:06 PM

Yeah dude, i wish i coulda been there. Too bad i had work, i coulda drove you back or something. It's rough but i hope it all works out. Everyone gets a concussion at some point. Hang in there.

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12/15/2015 10:02 PM

Chilllllllll. Concussions can be gnarly - and the worst thing for 'em is to get back at it too soon. I've known a lot of riders that rushed it and ended up in pretty scary situations because of it. Let it run its course, enjoy some downtime, and get back to the party when the time is right.

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12/15/2015 10:10 PM

Damn dude I still don't remember the entire day when I got a concussion. Shit sucks hour you get feeling better mang.

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12/15/2015 10:43 PM

Concussion sucks. I've knocked myself out 3 times now, all a long time ago. I don't think I'm fully over the fear of it happening again and it's kinda changed my riding style. I'm the sort of person that over thinks everything as it is.
Just take your time and chill, I was off my bike for a couple of weeks each time. It seemed like forever at the time, but now I hardly get to ride so it's no big deal. Let yourself heal up, and if you can't take the headaches, tell your doc so he can give you some decent painkillers

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12/15/2015 10:54 PM

Shit sucks, it's scary as fuck getting knocked out and having no memory of what happened but at least you know what happened and had people there for you.

I didn't, I got knocked out last year riding home one night. Still unsure of exactly what happened but my best guess is because some fucktard decided putting a chain in the middle of a parking lot with no reflectors or anything on it was a good idea, and I went through the parking lot at a slow speed and must have hit it and got sent over the bars to my shoulder & head.

It's my best guess cause riding up to the parking lot was the last thing I remember before finding myself at the hospital (minus very very small bits & pieces in between)

I still have no clue how the fuck I made it home without getting hit by a car either. I have no memory at all of riding home besides a small piece of me getting up and saying out loud "I need to get the fuck home..." and I think passing my Aunt's house, idk about that. Shit's scary and sucks.





You'll get through it though, keep a trash can near you though. I threw up a couple times after I had mine. Definitely give it like 2 weeks before attempting to ride though, and even when you get into the clear, don't overdo it.

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12/16/2015 12:57 AM

I'm not claiming to be able to flip, but I think if you would've sucked your legs up at the end you would've landed it. Lol. Be thankful your helmet did it's job too

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12/16/2015 6:32 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/16/2015 6:37 AM

That was rough man. Gnarly hit. Even though you can be a jackass on here smile , glad you are alright.

Jeebus.

If you had brakes and grabbed a handful of lever you MIGHT have saved it, or made the slam less bad. Maybe.

Makes me never want to do a flip outside of foam or MAYBE a resi. I could over rotate a 3 all day long and be ok, but this was just painful looking.

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12/16/2015 4:39 PM

The specialist said that I am doing pretty well for how bad I hit my head. But I can't do anything physical until after Christmas break and I'm not even sure when I can ride again. I have to go to school for half of the day for the next two days and I guess I shouldn't have even been in school when I went yesterday and today. The only thing that I am showing that is a bit off is my reaction time but he said we can work on that and it will be fine with time. In the mean time, I'm not really supposed to be looking at screens for more than like 10 minutes a day but he said that talking on the phone shouldn't really be that bad so I can probably do some Skype calls whenever I can get my PC to work.

But yeah, that's the update with the specialist. I'll try to get on Skype soon. Thanks, everyone, for your concern and positive vibes and stuff. I'll be riding again as soon as I can.

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12/16/2015 8:51 PM

Yeah, LJ got a concussion once as well, I was meaning to tell you, idk if you knew. He was better in no time, given, that's our local tank LJ Burns.

I have some stuff we will be trying to do once we hit the wintery january part, big plans! So don't sweat not riding too much dude. We will get the webisodes back in full swing!!

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12/16/2015 10:25 PM

dave lawrence wrote:

That was rough man. Gnarly hit. Even though you can be a jackass on here smile , glad you are alright.

Jeebus.

If you had brakes ...more

You can over rotate a back flip and be okay too! Just don't hit your head lol

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12/18/2015 6:39 PM

motogrizz wrote:

You can over rotate a back flip and be okay too! Just don't hit your head lol

Yep.

The moral of the story is, if you're going to try a flip, don't overrotate and you DEFINITELY don't want to underrotate.

Just rotate perfectly always. And you're all perfect, no matter what anyone tells you so you'll be just fine.

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12/18/2015 9:17 PM

Holy fuck man , I saw you share it on Facebook but I skipped it because I thought it'd be a troll video ( like the Sean Ricany shitbag pants or whatever ) but fuck that's nutty , thought of trying flips but actually sending on is fucked . Props for that , sorry about the spill , that was textbook .

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12/19/2015 9:47 AM



Here's the full video of what happened that day. As you can see in the video, I was fine afterwards.

I am currently feeling great. Yesterday was the first day that I had actually felt alright since it happened. I haven't felt "weird" or light-headed or anything since Thursday. I still feel tired and I get headaches off and on every once in a while but that's about it.
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12/19/2015 9:49 AM

Brayden_Buckingham wrote:

Holy fuck man , I saw you share it on Facebook but I skipped it because I thought it'd be a troll video ( like the Sean Ricany ...more

Thanks, man. Yeah, if you're going to try flips, just do it into foam a bunch and then on resi and then try it on wood or concrete and make sure you're wearing a certified helmet.

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12/19/2015 11:11 AM

+100 park rep for the crankflip
+150 park rep for the backflip attempt
+10 street cred for the broken frame in ur video

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