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Motocross Injuries

MotocrossMotor bike sports are becoming more main stream, from Super Bikes to Speedway to MX. There is also now a huge market in tricks and stunts with CTi's very own Bolddog Team performing the world over with Top Gear Live.

Speedway offers a huge adrenaline rush, with CTi's Tai Woffinden becoming the 2014 World and British Speedway Champion.

Motocross is all about speed and precision off road, with a variety of challenging circuits that require a racing pedigree as well as a little bit of flare for jumps placed around the course.

Regardless of your chosen motor bike sport it is all about the adrenaline rush and the extreme element which keeps you pushing for glory. As with anything there are inherent risks, with many high profile injuries this season alone. Each sport has its own set of protective equipment designed to minimise the risks for riders but here are some of the common knee injuries you may encounter.

Knee Ligament Damage

There are also four ligaments working to stabilise the joint which are the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL).

The ACL is the most high profile of these ligaments given that it is normally quite high on the injury list in extreme sports from motocross to snowboarding. The ACL is located at the front of the joint and prevents the leg from moving forward beyond its normal range of motion and maintains stability i.e. when you stand up your leg will not give way.

The severity of the injury will ultimately dictate the treatment offered, with a minor tear sometimes treated via physiotherapy whilst a complete rupture may require surgery to remedy.

Bracing can work both pre and post injury either in minimising the risk of injury in the first place or helping to offer stability following injury. There were a number of high profile snowboarders in Sochi who having suffered from ACL injuries were taking part wearing a brace to delay the need for surgery.

Carbon fibre bracing is designed to offer maximum protection against impact damage, perfect in extreme sports such as motocross. With knee injuries potentially ending your career it is no wonder why some of the best on the circuit choose to protect themselves.