Rider and Healer - Dirt Rider Magazine

Hey Dirt Rider, long time reader, first time writer. I've got some questions for the reader/ rider. We all have our opinions; best bike, best gear, favorite rider, trails, or track. But do any of us have the first clue about first aid? Leave the helmet on, take it off, is my buddy ok to ride or do I need to get him to the hospital now? I was recently blessed with my first broken collarbone and a pretty sweet concussion. Thanks to God and some great friends I'm outta the woods and healing great. Any one of us could one day save the life of a long time friend or some Joe trying to enjoy what we call fun. Thanks Eric and Jeffro, you're awesome.**Little Glenn

Memphis, IN**

I think you bring up a valid point, Glenn. It's important to know how to handle an emergency situation, but it's also difficult to prepare because no two crashes are the same, and as a result there is no set procedure that will apply to every single incident you may encounter on the trail. Aside from the obvious points of wearing good safety gear and not riding like a total wing-nut, my advice would be to get some higher-level first aid training as a baseline and then go from there. I'm not talking about just a CPR course, but something more involved that will teach you good crisis management skills. For example, about a year ago I received an Emergency First Responder (EFR) certification as part of a SCUBA Rescue Diver course, and while a portion of the material was water-specific the majority of the class dealt with issues that could certainly occur in an off-road crash. As you learn more about first aid, you'll start to get some of the basics regarding how to approach and treat an injured person, how to best summon help and how to properly treat a variety of common (but serious) conditions. While you don't have to be an EMT to be a good riding buddy, it never hurts to know more about first aid. At the very least, it'll be something else you can add to your human resume, but at most it could save a life someday. Here's hoping we never have to use this stuff! -Chris Denison