Many professional and amateur athletes never think that a walk, short run, bike, or swim will finish in a hospital. It’s the last thing anyone thinks about. In fact as more and more people are getting fit and training for different races, the odds are that you might get into an accident with car. Or what do you do if you slip, fall, hit your noggin, have a seizure and become unconscious for numerous reasons. Who will anyone know who to call during an emergency?
It’s more and more important to prepare, regardless of how long you will be out. Even if it’s 5 minutes to 6 hours, it only takes a few minutes to prepare.
1. Let someone know where you will be going and for how long. If you don’t come back by the time you suggested, they should start worrying and they at least know where you might have gone. Sounds simple but a Call, Text or Email can be a lifesaver.
2. Leave a note of where you are training. The good old fashioned, pen and paper note held up by a magnet on the refrigerator door has been known to reduce anxiety among loved ones.
3. In addition to the handwritten note, print out a map of your course and highlight it. You can also use Map My Run to draw out your route.
4. Bring your cell phone. While it is a pain to carry a cell phone, especially a huge one. If you twist an ankle, you can still call someone to pick you up. Also, there are apps that can track you that you can share with others.
5. Hydrate. Either carry a water bottle with your favorite hydration liquid, stash your water along the route, or bring money or a credit card to buy something at the store.
6. If you are training when the sun goes down, wearing reflective gear is very important. Add on some lights as well, like a headlamp and bike lights!
7. Most important is to carry some kind of identification and emergency contact info. Typically it can be a note in your pocket. Paramedics and first responders are trained to look for identification, such as a bracelet, such as Road ID. In addition to bracelets, you can have a id tag that attaches to your shoe laces. The id’s can be customized with laser etched print on a metallic plate to list important names, contact phone numbers, conditions or medications.
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