One of my passions is mountain biking.
When in Australia I was a regular on my local Jacks Ridge trails (see Trailforks) and since returning to Ottawa I’ve enjoyed Larose Forest, Camp Fortune and South March Highlands.
Having had a few spills myself and with my professional interest in concussions, I wanted to bring to your attention an interesting article I read in the January 13, 2021 newsletter titled Can mountain bikers tell if they’ve had a concussion? The article cites findings from a study done at McGill University .
A quote taken from the published study really caught my attention:
“More than one-third of mountain bikers do not recognize when they have had a concussion and continue riding after experiencing concussion symptoms or with a broken helmet.” As the authors note, mountain bikers choosing to continue riding “put themselves at an increased risk of concussion or worsening concussion symptoms.”
I encourage anyone involved in Mountain biking to give this article a read. Timely identification of brain injuries is critically important. If you experience any concussion symptoms make sure that you see a medical professional right away.
For more information on concussions and how we can work together to help manage your symptoms see my webpage at Andrew.gaterell.ca