until it dropped to start the main event.
As a result of his injuries, Logan had poor memory, emotional issues and couldn’t read anything below 24 font, said Pringle, but he continued to be an honor roll student at Severn Elementary, and subsequently at Stevensville Middle School. With the help of faculty at STMS, the subtle symptoms of cognitive and visual deficits were detected and by late November of that year, Pringle said they knew he had to be re-evaluated, even though Logan dreaded the news that he might not be able to ride again competitively.
Logan was seen Jan. 3, 2014, by his neurologist, and that was when they learned how extensive the cumulative damage was from the combination of his initial head injury, some smaller head “bumps” and that last BMX accident, said Pringle. At that point, he was retired from biking. Logan was removed from competing in all sports for over two years, during time which he endured extensive therapies to help him recover from the effects of the initial brain injury, said his mother.
That is until March 2015, when Logan was, against the odds, granted tentative permission from a pediatric neurologist at John’s Hopkins to begin sporting activities,
with the express understanding that BMX, soccer, rugby, lacrosse and football would not be among them.
Pringle said they discussed the possibility of mountain bike sports, as there is less outside interference from other competitors.
“We were told the risks, Logan was told the risks, and the decision was not easily reached, that he would begin riding bikes once more. His demeanor and attitude changed, and he was exceedingly happy,” said Pringle.
Ironically, being allowed to ride again, is what helped him to heal and begin to live life more “normally” again, his mother added.
In April 2015, Logan began racing Dual Slalom and Downhill. He finished the season as one of the top Category 3 (beginner), 0-14 racers in each discipline within the Gravity East Series, a regional series. In 2016, he was Category 3, Jr. Men 15-18 Gravity East Series Champion, overall No. 2 in the Category 3, Jr. Men 15-18 Mid Atlantic Cup Dual Slalom Series Championship.
He was ranked at the end of that season, by USA Cycling, as the No. 1, 15-yearold Category 3 Downhill Mountain Biker within the national ProGRT Series.
This summer Logan has been on a tour of bike races, up the East Coast, including the National Championships in Killington, VT. The last race of this season — a dual slalom race is slated for October near Frederick.
Logan said he continues to be passionate about mountain biking and wants to encourage other kids to get out and ride bikes. Although, he also enjoys basketball and has played two seasons with the Kent Island Slam program and represented Kent Island High School as a freshman player, Logan said he would really love to help build a biking program at the KIHS.
His long term goals are to graduate from KIHS, attend a college with an established collegiate biking program, while focusing on an engineering degree, and possibly compete on an international level at World Cup Mountain Bike events.
Pringle said Logan has had great support along the way and is currently sponsored by Bike Doctor Kent Island and long time supporter Onyx Racing Products out of Minnesota. Bobby Wooley, of the Edge Training Center in Stevensville, has also been a supporter of Logan’s endeavors, she said.
“His head injuries have changed his life forever,” Pringle said. “It changed his personality, his outgoing nature, his reading ability and what kind of cognitive work he can do before becoming too fatigued. [But] it did not change his love for the sport of biking, and we continue everyday to support him, while praying that he makes every run safely.”
An athlete’s passion is their passion and part of who they are, she said.