American Freestyle Motocross Champion Jeremy Lusk Dies After Trying a Backflip

180px-mikeadair2Jeremy Lusk, an American freestyle motocross racer, died of head injuries this week after failing to complete the rotation in a “Hart Attack backflip.” The move caused severe brain damage and possible spinal cord injury. The accident follows complaints over the danger of such activities, particularly for kids trying to mimic their heroes. The video below raises serious questions about the safety of this sport.

Lusk was the gold medalist at the 2008 X games.

These accidents are covered by assumption of the risk but there have been calls for greater regulation of the sport. There is a fascinating disconnect in our laws where we prevent people from “bargaining for risk” in coal mines and other forms of employment. Yet, we not only allow people to be paid for risk but allow millions to watch to see if they survive.

For the video of Lusk’s last jump, click here and here.

For the full story, click here.

2 thoughts on “American Freestyle Motocross Champion Jeremy Lusk Dies After Trying a Backflip”

  1. It just goes to show you, my little Rosannadanna, that you can’t legislate either gravity or stupidity. I grew up riding dirt bikes and I’m pretty fearless on one, but this? Have you ever seen this stunt done?

    “Insane death wish” almost covers it. But I don’t think it should be regulated beyond basic safety. Personal responsibility and assumption of risk are intimately intertwined. It’s sad a young man died doing this, but no one forced him, indeed – it was his “day job” and the risk is infinitely foreseeable.

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