Road Rash

Tattooed Tips

62“Oooow, %#* that! Ugggh M%$#@*%-F%$*#$! It’s foaming, ohmmm, ow, auuuhh, I took off some meat. That one there is pretty deep.” Rick, bike crash victim, while cleaning his wounds

Bragging rights?

 

Road rash bites. It’s particularly bad to have it symmetrically, both elbows, both shoulders, both hips. Even turn-left trackies get total body road rash. The good news is you don’t have to look like a one-turn wonder; the bad news is that there’s no painless side to roll over while sleeping. Its scarred remnants are show-and-tell objects that spice up cycling’s war stories to impress your buddies deep into the night. This isn’t true for female friends by the way who will probably be revolted by this boasting and bloodshed and roll their eyes. Nor spouses who may become annoyed at not being able to snuggle with a mummified oozing mate.

The tattoos of cycling risk adorn the tips of us – skinned shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles, often hands and sometimes cheeks and chins. Kidding aside, these wounds need care to heal properly and scar less. Nerve endings are exposed so cleaning the wound is like repeated breathtaking sprints.

Here are some tips. Gently scrub out road debris using soap and water as other 63agents have been found to be too abrasive. Apply a non-toxic surfactant or antibiotic ointment, and then use a semi-permeable bandage. The wound heals from the deepest layer up and the outer edges inward. Keep the wound moist until healed as it promotes tissue formation and guards from infection. Begin airing it when it has a pink smooth layer unless you plan to race, then it may be better not to risk a second skid on the same place. Keep your tetanus shots up to date and legs shaved. This is where the sexy norm of smooth legs in road cycling has its justification. Make sure your group of training cronies or race crew has a road rash kit.

Prayer for Road Rash Care

 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” 64Isaiah 53:5

We are glad that time and proper care heals our wounds. We pray for courage to clean the wound and the right equipment for road rash care.

Ponder Do I or my team have a first aid kit that travels with us? Affirm I understand how to clean my wounds. Watch the wound to know when to change dressings.

62“Ricks Bike Crash,” a video by xsoylentx  October 22, 2007 www.youtube.com

63“Skin Abrasions and ‘Road Rash’ Treatment,” by Elizabeth Quinn www.sportsmedicine.about.com

64The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

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