7 Things You Need to Do After You Have a Bike Crash
Crashes happen. At Acute Trauma
I addresses what to do for serious crashes. But some SEEM MINOR
and except for a few bruises and scrapes you feel like you can just get up and get back on your bike. However, there are some things you should do to check your body and bike before rolling again
First check and make sure you don't have any major injuries-before you even get off the ground. If all seems intact and you have no blurry vision, neck pain and are not seeing three bikes where there's only one, move quickly to a safe spot off the road or out of the way of other riders and start assessing
1. Slow Down
All kinds of crashes happen. Some cyclists insist that they were fine, only to crumple back to the ground when they tried to stand. The best thing you can do for yourself after a crash is to take your time getting up and moving around
. You don't need to jump back on your bike as fast as possible-slow down and assess the damage to yourself and your bike before pedaling off. Before you start riding, can you walk around? Can you move your arms in all directions? Can you look up, down, left and right without any pain? Take a minute and assess, then decide whether you can pedal off- or need to wait for help.
2. Basic First Aid
Before anything else-even before you get up-check your body. Can you feel all of your limbs, are all bones still under your skin, and is there a lot of blood? Don't risk moving too much if you feel seriously injured: instead, call for help and seek medical attention
. If you can lift your bike without major pain, your upper body is fine, and if you can walk, you can probably pedal out of the woods. All joints should move and be able to bear weight.
Checking to see if you bent or cracked your helmet is a quick way to assess whether you hit your head on a ride. If you can remember this article, you're probably OK! If you have a concussion (see Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
by Tony Marchand), you'll probably be disoriented and confused; if you don't know where you are or have a temporary loss of memory
, it's likely you've got one. When you're riding along, you have all these endorphins and feel really good, so take the time to settle down to check how you're really feeling. If there are any signs of POSSIBLE CONCUSSION OR DAMAGED HELMET as noted above, DO NOT CONTINUE TO RIDE
If your body is OK-just bruised or slightly banged up-you can move on to assessing your bike. When Scott Kelly, head mechanic for Scott-3Rox Racing, is working the pit at a race and a rider comes running in with a banged-up bike, he looks for a few key things.