Sam Gaynor Injury Update
By Billy Rainford
In his own words, 18-year-old Sam Gaynor from Erin, Ontario, said, “Unfortunately, in this sport it’s not if you get hurt, it’s when.”
Sam was practicing on the corner track at MotoPark at County Line outside Panama City, Florida, late Monday morning when he said he endoed over a triple and went head first into the following roller section. He said he immediately had pain in his mid-back and “patted my legs to make sure I could still feel them,” which he could.
Sam added that it was simply rider error and the next thing he thought about was coming back and clearing the section properly.
After an ambulance showed up, it was determined it wasn’t able to cross the county line to get to the hospital and so Sam was air-lifted to hospital to get checked out. Fortunately, Sam bought health insurance a few days before leaving Canada.
Further examination determined breaks to his T5, 6, and 7 in his mid-back. He was told to stay still overnight until the specialists had a chance to look things over. Tuesday morning it was determined he would be fine with a back brace and he walked out of the hospital and headed back to the track, which is where he was when we spoke with him this afternoon.
He will wear the brace for 6-12 weeks and has another doctor’s appointment in Florida set for two weeks time. He is to do no physical exercise for the first 6 weeks. The prognosis is for a full recovery, and with round 1 of the Rockstar Triple Crown MX Tour set for June 1st in Calgary, AB, Sam has a full 3 months (12 weeks) to have himself ready for his first Pro race in the 450 class on his Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha ride.
Sam will stay south until early April when he will head home to Canada and get another check-up from his own doctor before getting back on the bike. His plan is to travel the series in the family RV with his mom and dad this summer.