Featured Rider: Luca Marsalisi
Anyone who races dirt bikes knows injuries are part of the deal. You ride, you're gonna get hurt. For most injuries you take the necessary time off the bike and then you're good to go again. Take a collar bone. That's an injury you cannot ride with until it's healed up.
But sometimes the decision to stop riding to get an injury fixed is not quite so clear cut. For instance, tearing an ACL, while painful if you dab a foot, does not automatically mean immediate surgery.
For eighteen year old Luca Marsalisi from Danbury CT it was the second type of injury that has been bedeviling him. For nearly three years he had to deal with a right shoulder dislocation. The thing just kept popping out. But once the ball was put back in the socket he could train, race and feel great. That is until it popped out again.
So the question was always should he get the shoulder fixed or wait for it to get stronger and more secure?