- Brian Tunney, General Editor, Action Sports
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Professional BMX dirt rider and television host T.J. Lavin continues to heal at home following his October 14 crash at the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. Lavin has also returned to Twitter, thanking everyone for their support during his ordeal and giving updates on his condition. "I still can't see too good, my taste is pretty much gone and my wrist is bad. Thanks so much for all of your concerns. You guys rule," said Lavin via Twitter on Dec. 6.
Following Lavin's crash, he suffered bleeding on the brain, a broken wrist and an orbital fracture. Lavin remained in a medically induced coma for close to a week, but has made significant progress in his recovery since emerging from the coma. Doctors expect Lavin to make a full recovery.
Since Lavin's release from the hospital on Nov. 13, the 33-year-old Las Vegas native returned home and entered outpatient therapy, but maintained little contact with fans and well wishers outside of his close circle of friends. Starting in early December though, Lavin has been posting Twitter messages more frequently, thanking friends, fans and sponsors for their concern with his injuries.
"Thanks you guys for all the love and support. You guys are too much. Take care," said Lavin earlier this week.
But he's not only thanking people. He's updating fans on his progress through outpatient therapy.
"Going to the oxygen chamber tomorrow, followed by physio and brain crap. This isn't easy but you guys make it that much better. Thanks a lot," he added on Thursday.
In between therapy and rehabilitation, Lavin has also been visiting fellow BMXer Ty Pinney, who suffered a similar head injury as Lavin while riding Lavin's backyard in October. "Going to see Ty now. So stoked to see em. He's talking now. I can't wait to see his progress," Twittered Lavin on Saturday.
Lavin rose to fame in the BMX dirt scene in the early years of the X Games. The Las Vegas native earned a silver medal in 1996 and gold medals in 1997 and 1999. In the years since, Lavin has remained an aggressive competitor on the Dew Tour Circuit while branching out as a TV host for 10 seasons of MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge." The Dew Tour Championships was to be Lavin's last contest as a professional before retiring. Lavin will return to hosting the "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" show on MTV, but was instructed to take a year off from riding BMX bikes and motorcycles.
Fans can follow Lavin's progress via his Twitter page here.
While enduring outpatient therapy for a brain injury, T.J. Lavin turns to Twitter.