We don’t like to think about it, but sometimes motocross gets us hurt, and bad. Especially if you are not wearing the right kind of equipment. Cuts and scrapes are common, but you can also break a bone or even your head. Here’s some tips on how to prevent injury, and what type of treatment to expect when you can’t.
The Right Protective Equipment
When riding motocross you need to think about your whole body from head to toe. Start with the helmet, is it old? If so, splurge on a new motorcycle helmet. How does it fit? You should not be able to fit your finger between your scalp and the inside of the helmet and it should not be able to slide around once the chin strap is in place.
A tight shirt and pants should also be worn as well as sturdy boots. This will prevent any clothes from getting caught up in the mechanics of your bike. You may also want shin and arms guards to protect your skin in case you fall off on rough terrain.
Head injuries are the number one reason why a bike rider gets benched. Varying in severity, falling off your bike and hitting your head can cause a minor headache or a major concussion. Never take any chances if you fall or are thrown off of a bike, but seek immediate medical attention.
An emergency physician is going to do a number of tests to check for any brain dysfunction, including looking into your eyes and asking you obvious questions. If they have reason to suspect a serious injury, they will send you to an sonographer, or ultrasound technician.
An ultrasound technician has a specialized imaging machine that allows them to see inside of the skull and look at the brain. Their training at ultrasound technician school allows for them to identify swelling and brain bleeds that are affecting your well being. This they will share with your doctor, who will then make a plan for your treatment.
If you break a bone falling off of your bike, you will know it. But sprains or fractures may be harder to note. If the area becomes blue and swollen, there is a good chance that it needs medical assistance. Have a friend take you to the nearest emergency room before more damage is done in the area.
Motocross is not exactly a safe sport, and you should always be prepared to handle the worst case scenario. Start with protecting yourself all over, but always see a doctor if you do fall and get hurt.