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Pain vs Reward
The Price of Speed
With competition and progression pushing the sport of downhill mountain biking forward at lightning speed, the risks riders face are also changing rapidly. Take a look at the most common injuries and how the pros deal with the harshest slams.
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Downhill MTB Injury Risks
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Downhill mountain biking's elite talk about the new risks involved with the sport as it gets more competitive.
Foot and Knee Injuries
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Downhillers' feet and knees are subject to quite a beating on the track, but science is speeding recovery.
Hand and Arm Injuries
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Arms and hands can be injured often in DH mountain biking, and no one knows that like the pros.
The Broken Collarbone
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When it comes to injuries, there's one club every pro downhill rider belongs to: the snapped collarbone.
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Athletes and doctors struggle with the protection and rehab of one of the body's most vulnerable sections.
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Top MTB riders explain how they balance the risk of head injuries with the desire to go faster at all costs.
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