The high-flying sport of FMX is an unforgiving one, as Emma McFerran knows too well. The Aussie sensation has spent a tortuous four months on the sideline after recovering from a shocking injury in Europe, and is finally readying herself to return to riding.
We caught up with Emma as she was putting the finishing touches on her re-built bike on the Gold Coast.
In April I was over in Germany, I’d just finished Nitro Circus and started riding myself. I was practicing for some upcoming shows I had in Europe. I was just jumping and came up short and bounced over the bars and broke my femur. It was a pretty tough experience, being injured in Germany, where there was nearly no English which made it really hard in hospital for seven days. They operated straight away and put in some metal from my hip to my knee. I’ve still got that now.
It’s been a tough, long recovery. Heaps of physio, rehab, just learning to lift my leg and build back muscle. It has made me think lots. I really just want to get back on and try harder, try to make up for some lost time. My crash in Darwin took probably the same time to heal up from. But this has definitely been the hardest to come back from. It wasn’t as simple as just breaking your leg, when they operate through your hip you lose all that movement and muscle. It was a lot of work.
Returning to riding:
I’m ready to get back on the bike now, I have planned to start riding motocross for a bit and get some bike time and build up some strength and skills back. From there I will start back on freestyle. I actually want to move back up to the Gold Coast and get as much riding in as possible. I’d also like to do some shows of my own back here in Australia; it has been a while since I’ve been back. And I’ll be doing some tandem FMX with my brother as well.