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    02-10-2009 #1
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    man, thats too bad.
    Its just a dangerous sport, and i bet nobody saw it coming.

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP)—Jeremy Lusk, an American freestyle motocross racer, died of head injuries Tuesday after crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition. He was 24.
    Jorge Ramirez, chief of the intensive care unit at Calderon Hospital where Lusk was taken, said the motocross racer suffered severe brain damage and a possible spinal cord injury.
    Lusk won a gold medal at the 2008 X Games. He was injured Saturday night when he failed to complete a full rotation while attempting a Hart Attack backflip and slammed headfirst into the dirt. Lusk crashed in almost identical fashion in the freestyle semifinals at the 2007 X Games but was not hurt.
    He had a successful 2008 season, winning Freestyle gold at the X Games and silver in Best Trick when he landed the first double-grab Hart Attack backflip. He won a bronze helmet in Freestyle at the Moto X World Championships in his hometown of San Diego.

    Ramirez said Lusk died with his parents and his wife, Lauren, at his side.
    “He was in a medicine-induced coma as a protective measure, and the medicine was being reduced to see how his organism responded,” he said. “That didn’t mean he was going to wake up. He was in shock and that got worse last night, until he stopped responding and entered into cardiac and respiratory failure.”
    Lusk lived in Temecula, Calif.

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    the crash is on youtube, you’ve been warned, he essentially lands on his head
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay7XDfLcsLA

    pretty sad thing to, even worse that it took a couple days to pass

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    OMG!!
    His body folds Over his head.
    thats Bad.

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    that totally sux. rip. vid of him attempting similar but walking away

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    Wow, that video is very graphic and extremely disturbing. I don’t think it should be viewed. Especially considering the poor kid died from it. Made me very nauseous, seriously. Out of respect for him and his family, please remove both links. What a shame and waste of a young life.

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    That’s horrible news. I saw the video of the crash and it was savage. So was the treatment by the EMTs down there in Costa Rica.

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    yeah, apparently he crashed doing the same trick last year and walked away from it.
    Its sad, theres another video on youtube, after the crash, one of his fellow riders runs over and is by his side.
    Very Sad indeed.
    i’m surprised they can keep that on youtube

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Willanholly View Post
    So was the treatment by the EMTs down there in Costa Rica.
    ???? are you referencing something specific. i can only imagine the tech/skill for such an injury pales in comp to what we can do is US but above that was something else done.

    unfortunatly i have some experience with LDC (chile)med and it sux a$$

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    I am one who can normally watch this kind of stuff but that one actually really creaped me out. The one where they show the EMTs is just plain disgusting they dont seem to have any idea what they are doing. The last thing you do is turn them over, especially with no one supporting his head while doing it.

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    That is terrible news. The things that Jeremy did, along with Travis Pastrana and Kyle Loza (and of course a host of others as well…) have always been simply death-defying. Not this time. Very sad.

    I can’t (won’t ) watch the vid.

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    That’s so sad. Thanks Joe, I’ll take your word for it and not watch it.

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    that was a terrible crash. he landed really hard, i wonder if a leatt brace would have helped.

    when i heard it was in costa rica, the first thing that came to my mind was the medical care.

    very sad indeed.

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    Taking off his helmet?

    Running with him on the board?

    Are you frickin kiddding me?

    You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack.

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    for those smart enough to watch, basically he under rotates, goes off the front,
    his head hits on the mouthgaurd, and his body folds over his neck, and you see his legs tension up, then his head snaps around and he goes Limp.
    Not a pretty video by any means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer View Post
    that was a terrible crash. he landed really hard, i wonder if a leatt brace would have helped.

    when i heard it was in costa rica, the first thing that came to my mind was the medical care.
    I was thinking the same thing but when I read he died of the head injuries and didn’t even know if there was spinal cord injuries. The leatt brace may have helped prevent the spinal injures(there had to be some) but the severe brain damage was due to the force of impact more then anything. Hopefully this will help sway more of them to ride with the brace regardless.

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    Taking off his helmet?

    Running with him on the board?

    Are you frickin kiddding me?
    I figured at that point it was over, they had already done the damage before that but yeah that was pretty bad too.

    If I was them I would never ride at an event like that without their own medical crew force them to bring those who cover these events in the US. I dont know it would have helped in this case though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfoga View Post
    If I was them I would never ride at an event like that without their own medical crew force them to bring those who cover these events in the US. I dont know it would have helped in this case though.

    I dont know if it would have helped either, but it is Medical Responder 101 not to run to avoid falling and hurting yourself and preventing you from helping the injured or falling and dropping the patient.

    These guys seemed in a panic.

    You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfoga View Post
    I was thinking the same thing but when I read he died of the head injuries and didn’t even know if there was spinal cord injuries. The leatt brace may have helped prevent the spinal injures(there had to be some) but the severe brain damage was due to the force of impact more then anything. Hopefully this will help sway more of them to ride with the brace regardless.

    I figured at that point it was over, they had already done the damage before that but yeah that was pretty bad too.

    If I was them I would never ride at an event like that without their own medical crew force them to bring those who cover these events in the US. I dont know it would have helped in this case though.

    your right, the leatt would have help the spine, but with the force of the crash it wouldn’t have done anything for the brain damage.

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    I think I saw Bartram wearing the brace.

    Honestly when I saw the headline, I was thinking it was Pastrana. That kid is crazy.

    You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfoga View Post
    I was thinking the same thing but when I read he died of the head injuries and didn’t even know if there was spinal cord injuries. The leatt brace may have helped prevent the spinal injures(there had to be some) but the severe brain damage was due to the force of impact more then anything. Hopefully this will help sway more of them to ride with the brace regardless.
    From the reports I read on Sunday, there were no broken bones in his neck or back (which I find amazing):
    -Jeremy Lusk was transported to Calderon Hospital in San Jose, where he now remains in a medically induced coma, in stable, but very critical condition where doctors are closely monitoring the swelling on his brain.
    -Post-crash, suspected brain trauma required immediate surgery to treat a subdural hematoma on the brain.
    -Surgery lasted 4 hours and 30 minutes.
    -X-rays were done to the neck and spinal column and no breaks are being reported by hospital.
    -When asked about injuries to other parts of his body, hospital is not reporting other injuries at this time.
    -Jeremy was attended to by the head of neurological surgery, Dr. Jorge Ramirez.
    -Doctors report that they will know more Jeremy’s future prognosis within the next crucial 36 to 48 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Willanholly View Post
    From the reports I read on Sunday, there were no broken bones in his neck or back (which I find amazing):
    Wow that is quite surprising. So out of pure curiosity I had to watch it again. It actually appears that he doesnt land on top of his head but on the side and rolls around his head. Landing on the top of your head is the worst as it allows compression fractures to happen much easier.

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