Nothing beats the thrill you get from riding a bike. What a fulfilling experience- the wind on your face, the combination of nature and grit, or the smell of asphalt, along with the fun and excitement you get from riding with friends and companion from cycling events such as the Tour de France or the OCBC of Singapore. But with this rush comes the risk of being injured.
As a responsible cyclist, it is necessary to know the things to remember when accidents occur while riding. First off, it is best to know how you will go about if fellow rider suffers from an injury.
Get off the road.
It is priority to move first into safety away from traffic in order to prevent further injuries. Also, when relocating, ensure that there are as less objects as possible that may cause further injuries, infections, or hinder receiving of medical help. A clear, open area is most ideal.
Take a very deep breath and think about what you are going to do. It would not help your injured companion if you panic. Check whether the victim is conscious or not. Take note of any physical sign or change in the victim (check for swelling or bruises in other parts of the victim’s body).
Call for help.
Even if you think the injury is minor, it would be better to seek for professional help. Perform first aid measures while waiting for medical attention.
On the other hand, below is some of the common biking injuries and how you may be able to handle them.
Clean the wound carefully. Use clean water over it and apply a sterile dressing to prevent infection. Severe cuts may require pressure to stop the bleeding. Putting pressure directly on the wound with a cloth or the hand may suffice to stop steady bleeding.
Minor broken bones
May it be an arm, wrist, leg or shoulder, do not try to return the bone to its original position. Create a sling or splint to prevent further damage. For splints, use strong but light materials such as fallen branches to secure a broken area. Make sure however that these materials are free of any pointy section or excessive dirt.
Always come prepared.
It may also be best to always be prepared. Take a first aid training course and pack a kit for every ride.
With safety in mind, you’ll be conquering the OCBC cycling event or even the Tour de France in no time.