MAX ANSTIE INJURY: COLLAPSES LUNG WITHOUT EVEN CRASHING
MAX ANSTIE INJURY REPORT: COLLAPSES LUNG WITHOUT EVEN CRASHING, EXPECTS TO BE BACK SOON
The Twisted Tea H.E.P. Suzuki team announced on Monday, November 9th, that their star rider, Max Anstie, had suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). The team stated “the condition happened as a result of a prior injury and has no long term affects on Max’s overall health and fitness.”
Max Anstie took to instagram after his surgery to explain more about the injury. He said: “I was out riding last week, literally felt great. Didn’t crash, didn’t do anything. Got off the bike, no over jumping, no nothing, got off the bike, was talking to my team about the bike, about random stuff, and all the sudden I felt like I was getting stabbed in the chest and in my back. Anyway, it ended up being that my lung collapsed randomly.“
Max Anstie made his 450 debut in America this summer and finished 9th overall in the 450 National standings. The former MXGP rider will make his 450 Supercross debut in January and he doesn’t expect his collapsed lung cause him to miss any races.
Max continued to speak on his instagram story while still having trouble speaking after his surgery. He said: “The doctor said I have these air blebs, like blisters on my lungs. They said it’s common in athletic males.” Max continued, “They said, as I’ve grown and trained at a younger age, my chest has grown and stretching my lungs and caused these blisters.”
Last year, while racing the MXGP’s in Europe, Max crashed in Italy and suffered a punctured lung last year. Max said: “I thought it would’ve been to do with, because I punctured my lung last year at Lommel GP, well actually in Italy, but I crashed (again) in Lommel. But apparently it has nothing to do with that.”
Max Anstie stated that he could’ve left his lung and and that he would’ve been ok, but the doctor explained that once you have one collapsed lung, you have a 70-percent chance that you have another one. The doctor explained that it was best that he fixed his lung and sort out the blisters to prevent this from happening again.
Max said: “Hopefully now I don’t get another one of these, especially on this left side. The doctor even said that they’re on my right side, but I could go my whole life and never have an issue.” The doctor explained that it can happen to anyone who has these blisters even if they’re just sitting on the couch.
To finish it off, Max explained that he’s glad this happened now during the offseason and not once Supercross has begun. He also stated that he will stay in the hospital for two days to be monitored before getting a tube taken out of his lungs. Once out, Max expects to be back training again slowly within a couple weeks.