Motocross is growing in popularity, especially here in central Iowa. It’s an exciting sport that challenges competitors’ physical limits and ramps up their adrenaline.
It’s also notorious for injuries. After all, the competition in close proximity and gravity-defying jumps can take a toll on an athlete’s body. It’s understandable that there are frequent accidents, spills and collisions that result in broken bones, dislocations, ACL tears and concussions.
The good news is you can take steps to minimize the risk of injury.
Wear proper safety equipment
This means getting a good helmet, boots, goggles and gloves. A majority of tracks have gear requirements, and you may also consider items like chest protectors, braces and other padding.
Know your ability/limitations
An understanding of your skill level can help prevent the accidents and injuries that can occur when you attempt challenging tricks or jumps.
Do injury prevention techniques
Check out education from trained professionals, including what they will say about how to stay safe. For instance, as with other sports, stretching prior to riding can help loose muscles and give you greater flexibility while helping to avoid cramping or tightness.
Take it slow
A steady progression of ability and learning is necessary. With the proper mindset, you can stay safe while improving at a safe and appropriate pace.
See the course at all times
Despite the inherent nature of the track, dusty and weather elements should not obstruct the visibility of the course. It’s a fact that there’s a greater risk of injury in certain inclement conditions.
Before the race
Eat right to get the best out of yourself. You’ll need an abundance of calcium, carbohydrates and proteins, and staying hydrated with plenty of fluids before, during and after the race is important, too. Be sure to inspect your bike beforehand, as well.
After the race
Take in some downtime to hydrate and rest your body.
If you are injured in competition, please seek medical care immediately. Thinking long term, you’ll also be connected with an orthopedic specialist for further evaluation.