Motocross death

February 17, 2009

accident

Jeremy Lusk, 24, an American Freestyle Motocross rider died last Tuesday while attempting a backflip in the X-Knights competition in Costa Rica. Tragically, Lusk failed to a complete a full rotation of the backflip and catapulting head first into the dirt immediately on landing.

Eerily, Lusk had crashed in exactly the same manner while performing exactly the same trick during the X Games in 2007, on that occasion though he just managed to get his arms out to enable him to tuck and roll safely, scaring himself, but not suffering any lasting damage. Sadly, the landing in Costa Rica was slightly more underrotated and this was not possible.

A trust has been set up in Jeremy’s memory, and donations can be made through the Athlete Recovery Fund, www.athleterecoveryfund.com.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-obit-lusk&prov=ap&type=lgns ; http://espn.go.com/action/news/story?id=3896499&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

Although a video of the accident is available on Youtube and a variety of other sites, it is not an easy watch and I see no reason why it should be included, or linked to from this blog. If you do have to see what happened, watch the 2007 accident and use your imagination, but please please please remember if you do have to watch a video, be respectful.

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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