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Would you consider DH as a "contact sport?"

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by BigMike, Nov 8, 2005.

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Do you consider DH a contact sport?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    I was just at my docs office, and we were talking about knee braces, and how usually its contact sports that use them. He decided to get me one and see how it goes.........

    Do you consider DH a contact sport?
     
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  2. JacobDW

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    only in that it is a VERY physical and grueling sport, we where pads, compete etc. etc. so I say yes, but not in the player to player contact form....
     
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    It's a contact sport of you bail and hit a tree, rock, or the ground and may suffer serious injury as a consequence. What other sports do you have to wear a full face helmet and pads for? Are they full contact?
     
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  4. motomike

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    MX racers wear knee braces.
     
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    I dont think DH would normally be classified as a contact sport.....but it is funny !
     
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    I wouldn't consider it a contact sport since I think the terminology implies that it requires physical contact against opposing players.

    Also if you search "define:Contact Sport" in google. The definition is a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players.


    Anyway, does it matter?
     
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    There's a lot more going on with mx races with 40 or so guys on heavy machines pinning it right next to you on your heavy machine. But I know plenty of guys that wear moto braces riding DH. It's definitely not a bad idea.

    Contact usually means contact with other people so no...... I don't think DH is any more a "contact" sport than skateboarding.

    Roller derby........THAT'S a contact sport.:)
     
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  8. motomike

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    ^^^ true. I've been hurt just as bad racing DH as I have racing MX. Contact sport or not, it's not a bad idea to wear braces IMO.
     
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  9. Dartman

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    The way you ride, yes! :sneaky:

    Contact with rocks, contact with trees, contact with ground.
     
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    Yep, that's what I was going to say...only when you make contact with the ground...
     
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    Thanks Dart! I'm suprised it took 9 posts for someone to say that
     
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    Does this mean you actually fall down sometimes?? :D
     
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    Well, right now, anything I can get hurt in, is a contact sport, so yes, Downhill is a contact sport.
     
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    :think: I disagree; I make contact with most of the trees on the way down. :p

    :D
     
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    *sigh* I guess so...
     
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    Of course. But I just ring my little bunny bell and say "pardon kind sir/madam, I do so wish to pin it yet am currently impeded by your presence" and then wait patiently to pass all the while yielding to uphill traffic, equestrians, hikers and making sure to ride it and not slide it.
    DH son
    I've never actually crashed riding DH before so I can't comment.
     
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    No, because if everything goes according to plan there is no contact. In all other contact sports it is not a negitive thing.
     
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    Thats what I was thinking, but.......... its kind of inevitable. I don't think ANY DHer can say they have never fallen. It just takes that one time......... thats why we wear all these pads, right?
     
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    I really don't like the phrase "contact sport". So, DH isn't a contact sport, therefore you don't have to wear a kneebrace? That's crap. If you're knee is bad then you should do whatever needs to be done to prevent further injury, cause you WILL crash in DH, and then everything you hit is "contact".
     
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    I think that doc is getting hung up on trying to make DH fit a category that doesn't really apply. "Contact Sport" usually means contact with other people, things like tackles and body checks that are an accepted and expected part of the game. In DH we gear up just in case we make contact but we hope it doesn't happen. At least most of us. What he seems to be missing is that you don't need contact with other people to make a brace a good idea.
     
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    thank you. I couldn't figure out how to say it right.
     
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    unless you get hit with said Frisbee! ;)
     
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    i wouldnt call it that, but i supose contact with the ground is still contact...
     
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    No I cosider it as an Extreme sport.
     
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    4x is dh isnt
     
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    Contact sport to me means you make contact with another human while playing the sport.

    Im with Dexter on this.

    4x=YES
    DH=NO
     
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    Yes.

    But I always wind up with a 10 yard penalty for a late hit out of bounds...
     
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    Definitly not. 4x yea.
     
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    i grew up playing contact sports like hockey and lacrosse so i dont consider dh or 4x to be a contact sport. i believe a contact sport is a sport where hitting is common and encouraged, in downhilling you crash but you arent contacting someone else and in 4x usually its more of a crash after someone cuts you off or you cut someone off, i havent seen any t-bonings or hip checks in all of the 4x races ive seen so thats my take on it.
    from your logic there, ultimate frisbee is a contact sport. full layouts usually end up with the person hitting the ground, hard.
     
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    ...turn 3 at Parkfield gets a little action. > http://abiker.smugmug.com/gallery/857123/10/38485532/Large
     
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    that dude needs a real helmet. did you see the cloud of dust thrown up by his face hitting the ground?