Whenever you hear the words ‘watch this’, ‘let’s have one last run’, or ‘look at me’, you should get your camera out. And your phone. And your first aid kit. Because that’s when it’s all going to go wrong.
The flat pedal riders among us quite possibly draw blood on every ride – small amounts, pedal pin sized droplets. Elbow and forearm grazes just about heal between deep exfoliation treatments. Many of these things we can deal with at home. Some of us have come to the conclusion that there’s not a lot to be done for certain fractures, so what would be the point in seeking medical attention? This is not necessarily wise, and no doubt there’s a few wonky fingers and deep scars that might have been a little less Halloween had we visited the professionals.
And then there’s the proper damage. The rides where you make it home, but the swelling continues and you ignore it until your housemate comes home and nearly faints. The crashes where we have to be rescued by friends and driven to the hospital. Do not pass the pub, do not collect your scattered GoPro pieces, go straight to A&E. Or the ones where you wake up in a hospital bed with no idea how you got there, and a blood alcohol level of zero.
We want to know, how many times have you had to go to A&E this year? Feel free to tell us why in the comments section too, because who doesn’t like a good crash tale!
How many MTB related trips to A&E in 2016?
- None (82%, 502 Votes)
- Once (10%, 62 Votes)
- I took a friend, but none for me. (5%, 30 Votes)
- Twice (2%, 12 Votes)
- 3-5 (0%, 3 Votes)
- I have a season ticket/reserved parking (0%, 1 Votes)
- More than 5 (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 610
And if you can’t see the poll, click here to cast your vote.