In cycling you might hear the phrase “it’s not if, but when”. Whether it’s a simple flat, a clumsy tip-over, or a more serious crash, mountain bikers are exposed to a lot more risk than when we are just participating in normal everyday activities. While you may be aware of these risks and take some proactive measures, for example wearing a helmet, how prepared are you if something were to happen? Do you have the tools and knowledge required to deal with the consequences?
Check out our Infographics below for a quick reference guide to being prepared for minor incidents that might occur while on trail. This is by no means an inclusive guide, just a drop in the bucket. If you’re interested in diving deeper check the bottom for additional links and resources.
Signs of a concussion: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/concussion_danger_signs.html
Red Cross Sports and Wilderness First Aid Training: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr/wilderness-sports
Wilderness First Aid with with NOLS and REI: https://www.rei.com/events/46423/wilderness-first-aid-with-nols-and-rei
Putting together a first aid kit: https://www.singletracks.com/uncategorized/50-essential-items-to-keep-in-your-mtb-emergency-kits/