Injuries are common in Motocross (MX) and off road motorcycle sports. Research has shown that Motocross puts the body under extreme stress and the risk of injury is high. Most Motocross injuries occur during race events, but since the advent of Freestyle Motocross (FMX), injuries during tricks and 'Big Air' stunts have become more common.
Research has shown that 95% of Motocross riders have sustained an injury. In fact injuries are so common in Motocross that riders accept that an injury at some stage is inevitable. Most Motocross injuries occur during a crash or fall. Because of the speed of the bike the resultant forces are high and injuries can be extremely serious. There are numerous reports of fatalities and spinal cord injuries in Motocross riders.
Men are injured far more frequently than women during Motocross. The majority of those people who are injured are under the age of 25. All areas of the body can be damaged following a Motocross crash or fall, although the upper limb is injured more frequently than the lower limb.
Most Motocross injuries occurred at a bend in the track, although landing from a jump is another activity that carries a high risk of injury. Because of the high injury risk, protective equipment is essential. Read our guide to learn more about injury prevention in Motocross.