Do you know what to do when there is a physical injury involved related to a cycling incident. Our favorite Bicycle Medic, Scott Houchin, a regular at the Denver Bicycle Cafe, and a trained EMT and instructor of CPR/AED and First Aid classes offers up some helpful information at the bicyclistmedic.com.
While cycling is fun and enjoyable and not inherently dangerous, injuries can occur. Here is a list of common minor bicycling injuries (see more comprehensive list and treatment suggestions at The Bicyclist Medic). Even though these might seem minor, any of these can turn into a more serious or major injury, depending on the severity and location. Bee stings, for instance can be relatively minor unless you have a severe allergic reaction, in which case it is a serious medical issue!
- Bee Sting
- Road rash
- Minor foot injuries
- Minor arm/hand injuries
- Minor heat stroke or mild hypothermia
- Back pain and cramps
- Saddle sores
Major bicycling injuries may require more extensive treatment or even an emergency response. There are a few riders on the trail trained to provide some level of medical treatment but it usually always best to get professional assistance if your injury keeps you from completing your ride.
- Sore or broken wrist
- Injury involving extensive bleeding
- Head or neck injury
- Cardiac incident
- Hypothermia or severe heat stroke
If you are interested in learning more and being better prepared when you are out enjoying our beautiful Colorado climate, we recommend learning more or signing up for a First Aid or CPR class with The Bicyclist Medic, or email Scott Houchin directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The content in this post is informational only and not intended to replace professional medical advice.
Any injury sustained during a ride should be treated as soon as possible, based on the level of severity, by a trained medic/EMT or doctor. Each injured person is responsible for determining what they need, if they are in a condition to do so. There may be circumstances where you encounter an injured rider and you are the only person who can help them in a severe incident. Always call 911 to report a serious injury and stay with the injured rider until emergency personnel arrive on the scene. You will not be held responsible for charges that might be incurred due to an ambulance transport, but you might feel personally accountable if an injured person is not properly treated because you were unwilling to call 911.
You may be asked to help complete accident reports or other documents as a witness. Just remember it might be you the next time so treat the injured party just like you would like to be treated if you were in their condition.
Always follow common sense at an accident scene. If possible move the injured party out of the road or trail. If it is not advisable to move the patient (serious trauma, head or neck injuries, etc.) create a safer accident scene by posting sentries or outlooks (if other riders are available to help) to notify upcoming cyclists or vehicles to steer clear of the accident scene. If no one else is available do as much as you can to reduce the potential for further mishaps at the scene. This is just as important as helping the injured cyclists. The life you save might be your own!
Enjoy safe and injury free cycling and don’t forget to stop into the Denver Bicycle Bike Shop for components and gear to make your ride more enjoyable. We carry a full range of cycling accessories to support all riding types and conditions in Colorado.