We see mountain bike riders in our emergency rooms every day — broken bones, concussions, internal bleeding, organ damage and head and spine injuries. Every year dozens of mountain bikers need major emergency surgery. The majority of the most serious injuries in B.C. occur in Whistler, North Vancouver and Squamish.
Our doctors who see these patients have some tips to help prevent so many visits to emergency departments:
- Wear protective gear
- Take a skills course
- Slow down
- Know your limits
- Know the trail (before you ride it)
- Check your bike (for maintenance, equipment issues)
Peter was one of those statistics. In October, while riding a trail on Mount Fromme, the Burnaby resident fell off his bike and landed on a pile of rocks. Even though he had taken a skills course and was wearing protective gear he broke his neck in four places.