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Top 5 Mountain Biking Injuries

Cuts & Grazes

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What are Cuts & Grazes?

Cuts and Grazes are damage to the skin and superficial soft tissues and are the most common injuries to occur following a fall from a mountain bike.

A cut or 'laceration' is a penetrating tear in the skin. A shallow cut will usually heal quickly without any problems, while deeper cuts may cause more serious damage to nerve tissue or larger blood vessels, which would mean that they require hospital treatment.

A graze or 'abrasion' occurs when the skin is scraped off. Usually this only affects a small area and the wound heals very quickly. However, large grazes that penetrate beyond the skin layers can be serious injuries, requiring input from a doctor.

What can you do to prevent Cuts & Grazes?

Staying on your bike and avoiding falls is the surest method of steering clear of cuts and grazes. Always maintain a balanced posture with your weight shifted back and look out for tree stumps and rocks that could cause a fall.

Wearing protective padding over the elbows, hips and knees can help to reduce the extent of any cuts and grazes. Elbow Pads, Neoprene Knee Supports and Padded Shorts can be all provide protection to prevent cuts and grazes, even if there is a fall.

What should you do if you suffer Cuts & Grazes?

Always carry a First Aid Kit. Any profuse bleeding, loss of sensation, or signs of infection (pain, redness, swelling) should be checked out by a doctor. If bleeding is controlled and there are no complications, then most cuts and grazes can be treated at home. The wound should be cleaned throroughly then dressed with a sterile dressing.


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