NOTICE: This page is written by medical professionals solely for the use of NCC Ride Leaders in case of an emergency. If in doubt, immediately call 911 for professional assistance.

Accidents may occur when riding. Below is some basic first aide advice in the event of an accident.

Step 1: Control bleeding

  • Apply direct pressure to control bleeding. Wear gloves or use other protection to avoid contact with injured rider’s blood.
  • Wash a minor surface injury with soap and water after the bleeding stops or is reduced.
  • Cover the wound with a clean dressing and bandage.

Step 2: Ice bumps and bruises

  • Place a cold pack or ice on the injury to reduce swelling and pain. Placing a cloth between the injury and the ice pack helps prevent tissue damage from severe cold.

Step 3: Observe the victim

  • Watch for vomiting or changes in mood or alertness. If you notice changes, call for medical help. Signs of concussion may not appear for up to 48 hours.
  • Tell the person’s emergency contact about the injury so they can continue to observe the victim.