Jeremy Lusk Dies; Are the X-Games too Dangerous?
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After The Death Of Jeremy Lusk, Is It Time To Re-Evaluate Extreme Sports?

2/11/09 in X Games   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

2008 X-Games Motocross Freestyle gold medal winner Jeremy Lusk died from head injuries after a back flip went terribly wrong.  Freestyle motocross is dangerous as well all know, but the reality of people dying from failed tricks still comes as a shock.  Lusk was only 24 years and was on his way to building a legendary X-Games and Motocross career. 

Extreme athlete's seem to incur injuries at a higher rate than that of any other sport.  Even the one on one combat of MMA seems safe compared to events performed at the X-Games.  Remember Jake Brown's free fall after losing control of his skateboard?  The man could have died on live television, but he did walk away from the fall.  On the same event just a year later Danny Way had another horrific crash.  So I have to raise the question, are the X-games, and extreme sports too dangerous? 

I am a believer of allowing people do whatever they please as long as the direct effect on others is not negative.  If people want to poison their bodies or attempt death defying stunts, that's fine, but there should be a stopping point.  The Freestyle Motocross event was made popular by Mike Metzger and Brian Deegan.  In 2006 Mike Metzger sustained 4 concussions within a two months time frame from missing landings on practice jumps.  In 2004 Metzger lost a testicle after a crash, and has also broken his back three times.  In 2005 Deegan almost died after a crash as he lost a kidney and four pints of blood.  Now that another freestyle rider has lost his life, is it time to call the sport off? 

These are grown men and they know what they are getting into.  They know every time before a jump, it could be there last.  Everyone has to make a living, some just make a living different than others.  My biggest concerns with this sport is the effect it has on children.  Children go to the events, watch them on TV, and dream of pulling them off someday.  Should this fact have any say on whether the sport continues?  Although I am not a fan of the sport, and believe it is extremely dangerous, I wouldn't call for it's extinction. 

Should Freestyle Motocross continue?
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7/23/09   |   macguyvr1

they knew the risks when they got on thier bikes. extreme sports...is just what the name says EXTREME. if your kid falls off his or her bike and breaks a leg are you going to stop them from learning to ride?

7/23/09   |   divinegrace_23

huh?

7/23/09   |   theexerciseguru

The effect it has on children?!! These guys are clean living, driven professionals, following their dreams, and showing how to not let anything stand in their way.  If you ask me, this is the best example that can be set for our children.  These competitors show the ability of the human spirit to overcome all obstacles before them and to say it needs to be stopped because it is to dangerous is ridiculous!! 

2/12/09   |   bjs_53ncfootball

They live to cheat death. They get their thrills from defying death and pushing the limits. RIP Jeremy, its upsetting to see you go in the prime of your career.

2/11/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

As many before me have aptly said, condolences to his family and friends.  He will be missed in the sport.  But the sport will go on, regardless of what we think.  If it isn't "produced" in the arenas and on TV, it will still go on.  It's an adreneline thing.  Just cuz base jumping off a certain bridge is illegal, does't mean it's stopped.  Just cuz going over Niagara Falls is illegal, doesn't mean it has stopped.  These are grown men who understand the risks involved, as do their families.  I don't think you could stop them from doing this any more than you could stop an alcoholic or drug addict who doesn't want to stop.

2/11/09   |   taylordanley   |   6 respect

this is why it's called the XTREME games. these guys know what they're getting into and take all necessary precautions to prevent tragedies like this. the guy was a revolutionary athlete and will be severely missed.

2/11/09   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

keppieboy wrote:
 Leave it alone you could die walking across the street.

Ever heard of probability or statistics?  You could die drinking a glass of water...that's not the point

2/11/09   |   georgiawalker_2000   |   1 respect

i would like to express my condolences to his family. he died doing what he liked to do and he knew the risks that goes along with the sport.

2/11/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 Leave it alone you could die walking across the street.

2/11/09   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

As they push the envelope, they do more and more outrageeous things, therefore way more dangerous.  I think at the very least they should cut television coverage of these events.  They know what they are getting in to, but I don't think they realize exactly what they are getting in to.  (That last sentence made sense when I thought it)

2/11/09   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

eliya805 wrote:
Extreme sports is what it is.  It started off small and went BIG. It's an all out Balls to the Wall kind of sport.  Either you go BIG or go home!!!  You can't stop something so abruptly, it's like what the guys have said, "he knew what he was doing, when he was doing it."  My heart does go out to his family and his wife though.  We do have to remember that he died doing what he loved and all we can do is send our love and prayers to his family and wife and hope that the next guy who goes BIG will remember and learn from Jeremy. 

"Balls to the Wall"...yeah until you lose one like Metzger did lol...ouch

2/11/09   |   pobodys_nerfect

(Edited by pobodys_nerfect)

Should it continue? Did Nascar slam the doors at every track in America when the biggest star in its history die? Hell no. It was a horrible thing that happened to Mr. Lusk. I am a big fan of the sport, I live about 2 minutes from Murray (double backflipper) and I love all things dirtbike related. If anything, I believe that not just FMX but all sports related to dirtbikes will learn from this awful thing happening much like Nascar did. The professional riders seen what happened along with young riders, MX/SX professional and semi pro, promoters, and fans. Everyone knew just how dangerous it is to huck tricks that huge, but I don't think people who haven't witnessed FMX in real life realize that when these guys crash, stuff breaks and it hurts, BIG time. Prayers to the Lusk family and to the sport that it can figure out a way to keep this from happening ever again.

2/11/09   |   TheChad81578

"Now that another freestyle rider has lost his life, is it time to call the sport off?" How do you call a sport off? It's a free country. If a guy wants to do backflips on his motorcycle, it's his freedom to do so. Sure, you can not include it in the X-Games or not televise it but the guys are still going to do it. There will still be videos on youtube from underground events, etc. if the sport is ever "called off". We all watched Dale Earnhardt Sr. die on tv and nobody said call off Nascar. There is risk in any sport. You can't just start "calling off" certain sports.

2/11/09   |   eliya805

Extreme sports is what it is.  It started off small and went BIG. It's an all out Balls to the Wall kind of sport.  Either you go BIG or go home!!!  You can't stop something so abruptly, it's like what the guys have said, "he knew what he was doing, when he was doing it."  My heart does go out to his family and his wife though.  We do have to remember that he died doing what he loved and all we can do is send our love and prayers to his family and wife and hope that the next guy who goes BIG will remember and learn from Jeremy. 

2/11/09   |   kfbrich

"These are grown men and they know what they are getting into."
Very true.  These guys risk their life to do what they are passionate about.  With riches come spoils.  It sucks he lost his life, but he took the risk.  Nobody forced him.

2/11/09   |   seanrrpsnm   |   11 respect

 You definately cant call for an end to the games...the danger aspect is going to be there in any sport, they all know that anything can happen....let it continue!

2/11/09   |   fremontguy26   |   24 respect

it was jus his tome to leave, im not being disrespectful but u cant  cheat death. if he didnt die doing tricks he woulda died doing something elses.