Baller ral Posted February 26, 2014 Baller Share Posted February 26, 2014 As background info, I broke my neck two years ago falling OTF from 4 to 5, had a C-6/7 cervical fusion, with a metal plate screwed to my spine. Last October, a plate screw got loose an had the plate and hardware removed. Yesterday, I went into the water behind an unfamiliar boat (6.0l MasterCraft 197, usually ski behind a 5.7 Nautique 200) with my mind someplace else after a stressing day. Not a quiet dock, so did not follow my usual focusing routine. In my opener at 22 off, got pulled out of position at 4, and had a nasty OTF at the wake. I heard my neck crack. No huge pain besides the usual after a yard sale, and no neurological signs either, but my neck did make a cracking sound. Long story short, X-rays today seem to show that no damage was made and the fused vertebrae and cage did not move. I pictured myself, though, selling my Quest and not because of getting a brand new Helix... Not a warm feeling... I think that some injuries at our age in slalom happen because of not having the right mindset and concentration, especially when something is unfamiliar (new material, boat, etc...). Hope to learn from my last 24 hours. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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