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Motocross Medicine

Grange, Jeff T.1; Bodnar, John A.2; Corbett, Stephen W.1

Current Sports Medicine Reports: May-June 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 3 - p 125-130
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181a61e95
Section Articles

Motocross is an increasingly popular but high-risk sport. This article reviews the history of motocross, the relevant medical literature, the unique medical issues, safety equipment, and the expert recommended approach to providing support for such events. Assessment of an injured rider on or near a track requires a provider to first ensure scene safety, then assess for airway, cervical spine, and head injuries before proceeding. Although extremity injuries are the most common injury, motocross riders frequently sustain significant spine and head trauma as well. Caregivers need to have a complete understanding of the protective gear used in motocross. They also need to be able to understand what injuries can be treated at the scene and which need transport to a hospital for more definitive care.

1Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA; 2Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Chula Vista, CA

Address for correspondence: Jeff T. Grange, M.D., FACEP, Loma Linda University Medical Center, 11234 Anderson St., Room A-234, Loma Linda, CA 91911 (E-mail:

© 2009 American College of Sports Medicine