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Pushing the Envelope

Brian Deegan, 31, shows-off his skill on a motorbike during a practice session in Temecula. Deegan returns to the X-Games following a horrific crash that nearly cost him his life last year in a commercial TV shoot. (Irfan Khan / LAT)
Brian Deegan and others say that while there are certainly a lot of corporate dollars in the growing sport, there are concerns that safety is taking a backburner role for the kids striving to join the popular sport. (Irfan Khan / LAT)
ACCIDENT-PRONE: Brian Deegan’s injuries suffered while performing motorcross stunts include a lacerated spleen, along with a broken leg, ankle, arm and shoulder. (Irfan Khan / LAT)
Ronnie Faisst makes a jump into foam pit specially made practicing motorbike jumps. (Irfan Khan / LAT)
LOBBYIST: Chris Ackerman, injured during a motorcycle stunt, says safer places to practice the sport are needed. (Irfan Khan / LAT)
Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg broke both of his legs during the 2006 Dew Tour Freestyle Motocross finals in Louisville, Kentucky. (Irfan Khan / LAT)
BRUSH WITH DEATH: A long scar on Brian Deegan’s abdomen is a reminder of his near-fatal motorcycle crash in Philadelphia last year. (Irfan Khan / LAT)