The year in action sports, 2012

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Brett Banasiewicz crashes

Photograph By ESPN Images

One week after winning the 2012 Dew Cup for BMX Park, DK pro Brett Banasiewicz crashed in Virginia Beach, Va., and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He remained unconscious for 15 days and eventually traveled to Atlanta to begin rehabilitation. After leaving Atlanta, Brett returned home for Thanksgiving and then entered the second phase of rehabilitation in Dallas. He is expected to make a full recovery, but his injury brought attention to the use of non-CPSC-certified helmets in BMX contests. With the help of the Athlete Recovery Fund, X Games and other competition organizers will now require the use of CPSC-certified helmets. Stay strong, Brett.