Tommy Maxey’s arms didn’t feel right after buzzing and roaring around the bumps, jumps and turns of the dirt track at the 38th annual FMF GNC International Motocross Final Friday morning at Oak Hill Motocross.
Located amid pastures between Decatur and Alvord, the track is miles from the nearest hospital. Fortunately for Maxey, who is a member of Team Horton’s amateur team, Wise Regional’s Fit-N-Wise had a complete sports performance and sports medicine team deployed at the racetrack throughout the event, which runs through Sunday.
Moments after stepping off his bike, Maxey was under the Fit-N-Wise tent receiving care for what physical therapist and trainer Tad Montgomery described as an arm pump, a type of compartment syndrome due to overuse of the arms.
Although Fit-N-Wise is an official sponsor of the five-man Team Horton, they are on hand to evaluate anyone during the race.
“We couldn’t ask for better people,” said Lexi Horton. “Fit-N-Wise works with our guys on training, nutrition and evaluating injuries. We want our riders to be 100 percent when they ride. If not, you can injure yourself even worse.”
Next to Maxey under the tent was a bi-lateral functioning knee brace by CTI. Knee injuries are notorious among motocross racers.
“About 80 percent of riders wear them,” Montgomery said. “Knees do so much of the work when you are on the ground and in the air.”
Behind the tent, the Fit-N-Wise team brought a small trailer complete with an X-ray machine. In just two days, they’d already looked at a couple of riders with broken clavicles.
“It’s a mini C-arm,” said Jake Plummer, an X-ray technician with Fit-N-Wise. “It uses almost no radiation, so it’s safe to use out here.”
Plummer demonstrates by placing his hand under the X-ray. The touchscreen displays his skeletal hand and even the motion as he makes a fist. Within a moment, it can print out a Polaroid-like photograph of the X-ray.
Such a complete medical station is normally reserved for professional motocross events.
“This is the first time there has been a tent like this at an amateur event,” Montgomery said. “And (Oak Hill) is the hub of youth motocross in North Texas.”
In a sport known for traumatic injury, any extra health care is boon for the young riders.
“In this sport, it’s not a matter of if you’re going to get hurt, but when,” Montgomery said.
At this event, at least, Fit-N-Wise sports performance and sports medicine is there when they fall.