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Don’t forget to wear a cycle helmet

Even the most competent cyclists wear cycle helmets because they know how dangerous it can be if you fall off a bicycle at speed.

With all the hype of the Olympics and Bradley Wiggins competing in London after winning the tour de France this month, it is worth mentioning the importance of wearing head protection when cycling or whilst partaking in other fast speed sports.

Anyone travelling at a speed faster than walking should wear a helmet to protect the head should an accident occur. Roads can become slippery particularly in the summer months when we have a short sharp shower preceded by a dry spell.

Any head injury is potentially a very serious condition. Injuries to the head often lead to unconsciousness, which in turn compromises the airway. Permanent damage to the brain may result from a head injury which can be in the form of concussion, compression or a fractured skull.

Children can easily fall from their bicycles and should always wear a helmet when out riding.

A casualty that has a head injury could also have a neck injury, so must be treated with extra care.

If a head injury has occurred:

  • Call 999 for an ambulance and explain what has happened.
  • If the casualty is unconscious then you should PLACE THE CASUALTY IN THE RECOVERY POSITION. Keep the head, neck and body in line as you turn the casualty.
  • If the casualty is conscious, help them into a comfortable position and monitor them continuously.
  • Control any bleeding by applying pressure onto the wound, unless there is something sticking out (then you would need to put pressure around the wound). If there is bleeding or discharge from an ear, don’t try to plug the ear or stop it bleeding, just lean the injured side down.

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