MTB First Aid Essentials

A serious crash will disable you to do many things while biking. Like most cyclists, they usually throw themselves into dangerous scenarios in any remote area. However, not many of them know how to handle first aid training in times of emergency. Whenever you are riding mountain bikes, you need to be extra cautious as you don’t know what can happen next.

In times of emergency, you need to address the situation instantly to help stabilize the victim before a medical staff can reach them. Below are lists of mountain biking injuries and how to handle them accordingly. Perhaps, you need to train yourself with first aid training course to treat more ranges of injuries:

1) Laceration
The wound must be cleaned carefully. Slowly pour clean water on the wound to wash away debris. Never use soiled materials or touch the wound as it can get infected. Always use sterile dressing when touching the wound. A piece of clean and dry clothing can be used for this purpose.
If the cut doesn’t stop bleeding, apply pressure directly on the wound with a cloth. The sides of the wound may be pushed together to stop the flow of blood.

2) Concussion
It’s critical to know that a biker can get a concussion even if he or she doesn’t lose consciousness. With a head injury, you need to be really careful. Get immediate help if the rider is hurt to prevent untoward incident. Monitor his or her condition such as headaches and vomiting. The condition may have worsened and will need you to get help.

3) Broken collarbone
Now this is a common injury that most bike riders have seen before. Make a sling to secure the arm that has been broken. You can use a shirt to keep the arm at 90-degree angle. If you have safety pins with you, utilize the bottom of the rider’s shirt to pull up around his or her arm and pin it around his or her chest.

4) Broken wrist, arm or leg
The broken area may need a splint. Use a lightweight and sturdy material for the splint. You can use a bike-mounted pump or a flat piece of wood to use. Wrap the splint with a piece of cloth to secure it. A sling may be necessary to secure the broken wrist or arm. For an upper arm break, a sling must be created so you can wrap around the neck and wrist.

5) Broken finger
The broken finger may need a splint to tape it around another finger. You need to make a splint using a piece of cloth for the broken finger to be more comfortable.

So you see, it’s not really easy to go mountain biking without knowing few first aid techniques. You or a friend can get hurt especially if he or she is new to the sport and following a dangerous bike trail. You also need to get durable mountain bikes that is worth the reason you are riding it.

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