Back protection. Use it!
Wearing a Jitsie Dynamic back protector saved young Joe Spivey from life in a wheelchair after a recent trials accident.
Competing in a trial, he lost control up a steep river bank and jumped 25 feet off his machine – which resulted in three broken vertebrae when he landed on his back! Without the back protector, which reduced the impact, he would have shattered them. After getting up and walking, he soon realised something was wrong; his mother dialled 999 and an ambulance arrived, along with the East Midlands air ambulance with a trauma doctor onboard. They put him on a spinal board and the paramedics and his riding buddies then carried him to the back of a van and to the waiting ambulance. On arrival at Chesterfield Royal Hospital he was X-Rayed and had a CT scan to check for internal bleeding.
Thanks to his Jitsie Dynamic chest and back protector he was left with just a short recovery and no lasting damage, and so was able to ride in the Scottish Six Days Trial just 11 weeks after the crash.
Some riders may think back protection is unnecessary but if it takes everyone to wear one and it still only saves one person for being in a wheel chair for the rest of their life it has to be worth it.
Joe: “I’d just like to say a massive thank you to Jitsie for supporting me, through the Splat Shop team. And I’d also like to thank County Conveyors where I work for supporting me through my time off work, and not to forget Andy at Active Physiotherapy in Totley. All the leading trials clothing manufacturers including Hebo, Mots and Wülfsport produce excellent body protection. Use it!