Temecula, CA 7/18/11 - Official Press Release – On Saturday July 16th while riding at his home training facility, Freestyle Motocross professional Mike Metzger known worldwide as the "Godfather of Freestyle Motocross" suffered a crash. Mike was transferred to a trauma care facility and in now in excellent care.
The family and Mike are very gracious for everyone's support and curiosity, but there have been a ton of rumors and false stories circulating the internet. "I was feeling good so I wanted to get a few jumps in to get ready for X Games. I missed a seat grab is all. Just a little mistake. Thanks to everyone for the positive thoughts" Mike Metzger. At the family's request and the requirements of the hospital there are no visitors permitted, repetitive phone calls to the hospital are an aggravation to the staff as well.
The facts of Mike's current condition are that he remains in stable condition is fully aware and coherent and is making improvements daily. There are no signs of paralysis and he has movement of all his extremities. There are currently no surgeries on schedule and Mike's body is working hard to repair itself. Dr. Chao and Dr. Nelson from Oasis Sports Medical Group are also looking in after him as they have done work on Mike in the past.
The Athlete Recovery Fund (ARF) is on location with Mike and his family and is making arrangements to assist with the financial burden of this injury and the upcoming rehabilitation. While ARF is not the end all solution to insurance and definitely not a replacement for insurance the experience of our nonprofit has earned us an education of how to work with hospitals, doctors and physical therapists. Bottom line ARF will help Mike so he can return to his bike stronger than before. Donations can be made to support this 501(c)3 Charity at www.athleterecoveryfund.com.
To provide professional athletes in BMX, FMX and Skateboarding with financial support after a severe injury and granting funds for rehabilitation, equipment, long-term disability and educational scholarships
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