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Dan Atherton Hurt in Dirt Jumping Crash

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7/9/2010 5:49 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/4/2011 5:11 PM

Hey everyone.
I think we can all agree that Dan Atherton is probably one of the rippiest rippers out there at general bike badasery so it especially sucks to get bad news about a good dude like that getting hurt. Here's the email from Atherton Racing director Dan Brown:

"Hi all,

It's with regret I have to contact you with some more injury news.

On Tuesday night of this week Dan was out riding dirt jumps at his local trails in Llanfyllin, when he crashed and landed awkwardly on his head. Dan was taken to Shrewsbury hospital in a ambulance where they X-rayed his upper spine. The results confirmed a fracture to his C2 vertebrae with a further CT scan confirming another fracture to his C1 vertebrae.
On the positive side Dan has full movement in all his limbs and at present there is no damage to the nerves that pass through the central spinal column. Dan remains immobilised for precautionary measures while currently awaiting a transfer to the orthopaedic unit in Oswestry, a hospital the Athertons know well and one that is luckily renowned as the best unit in the country.
As long as everything goes to plan with his recovery we should hopefully see Dan on a bike by the end of the year.
Our sympathies are with Dan and the rest of the Atherton family at this time and any well wishes to Dan can be made via the teams Facebook page.



Send your healing vibes on over and lets all look forward to Dan shredding again soon!


7/9/2010 9:10 PM

I'd make a joke about wearing a leatt but that realy is bad news

good luck to dan in his recovery


7/9/2010 9:22 PM

Get well soon.


7/10/2010 2:01 AM

thats terrible news for the Atherton family,
get well soon Dan.


7/10/2010 2:32 AM

Get well soon, like other said.

stirngbean a leatt brace wouldn't help if he was using the skating style helmet.


7/10/2010 5:42 PM

Bummed! Get well Dan! You're the MAN


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