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Anybody use wrist braces for DH , permanently?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by SCARY, May 11, 2012.

  1. SCARY

    SCARY Not long enough

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    I need more of these green square things^^
    I've broken both scaphoids in my hands.Its a friggen miserable injury and recovery.Id take a broken arm any day.I can't afford t do it again.Ive seen the cti type braces and am wondering if anyone uses them every time they ride ,even after they are recovered.
     

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  2. nowlan

    nowlan Monkey

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    I shattered and dislocated my wrist a few years ago, worst injury I ever had. Almost lost my arm from it. Once I was able to ride, I used a TLD Wrist brace for a year but focused heavily on my range of motion and was in the gym trying to strengthen it up. The brace allowed me to ride comfortably, and with confidence of a simple crash not snapping it in two again. I no longer use it and im doing fine.
    Braces are kinda of ment as a temporary aid to get you through, not a lifetime piece of kit. I have a friend who rides frequently, broke his wrist about 3 years ago and still has little range of motion and relys heavily on a wrist brace to ride, the more you rely on one, the longer its gonna take for a full recovery. Thats my 2 cents.
     
  3. SCARY

    SCARY Not long enough

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    I need more of these green square things^^
    Sounds like we had the exact same injury.I don't want to use it as a crutch,just limit the rom so it dosent happen again in a crash.
     
  4. norbar

    norbar Turbo Monkey

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    I've had a bone compression a few years ago in the wrist area plus a fractured end of the bone (no idea how it's called it's the elbow bone but the part that ends in the wrist). Now I wish I used it for recovery but in the long run/non stop I see no reason. Now I'm 100% fine and it wouldn't help me not compress my bones in any way.
     
  5. Transcend

    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    I wear 2 Allsport Dynamics custom OH2 wrist braces (with speed wrap) when I ride now due to a massive wrist injury a few years ago. shattered Scaphoid, loss of range of motion, 18 weeks in a cast etc. Wasn't even enough left to pin/wire.

    I still get pains in it sometimes from rough landings, so it was just easier to wear a brace when i ride and not worry about it. I couldn't get used to one, and liked the protection, so I wear the pair.

    As for them being temporary... many supercross and outdoors racers are now wearing the exact same brace as a preventative measure, including Justin Barcia and Brian Deegan. In MTB, Gracia, Peat, Atkinson, Lehikoinen and a bunch of others are wearing them.

    http://www.allsportdynamics.com/braces.htm

    Photo post won't work so here is a link.

    http://ap1.pinkbike.org/p4pb8058336/p4pb8058336.jpg
     
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  6. Beast

    Beast Turbo Monkey

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    no skid marks Monkey

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    Looks good, I have a fuzed wrist like the guy in the Vital vid. and I've broken my other scafoid also. But, wouldn't you break all your fingers instead if you land on them outstretched?
     
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    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    I've crashed on them plenty and I still have all my fingers in working order.
     
  9. kidwithbike

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    When I broke my scaphoid about 2.5 years ago it was not operated on initially, I got another doctor and the ortho said it was less than half healed and showing no progress after 6 months. I rode on it anyway with a junky 661 brace for a while then broke my radius and ulna right above the previous injury maybe a year and a half ago. I pretty much self rehabed after the second injury luckily have almost no range of motion loss. I have maybe 80 percent of the strength back in it, but I still found the need for a brace on certain impacts and high bunnyhops. I continued using the 661 and adding tape, but this limited control, circulation and comfort a great deal. Very luckily Neko Mullaly gave me an Allsports brace that is a huge step in providing the needed support by limiting to 40deg. of extension. I can't thank him enough for this, without it I wouldn't be able to ride DH. I can now ride mellow XC without it, but i will be sore and more prone to jacking it up and getting sharp pains if I pull too hard on the bars or smash something hard with the front end.

    TL;DR if you mangle your wrist you definetely should get one to help recovery and prevent future re-injury.
     
  10. manhattanprjkt83

    manhattanprjkt83 Rusty Trombone

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    One of my best riding buds is a hand surgeon, he rides dh full time with them on and seems to do just fine...

    I can find out the brand he is using.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I've been thinking about this for a while. The wrist is one of the biggest things I worry about, besides the obvious head.