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First Aid: External First Aid Training - Black Eyes

First Aid: How To Identify & Treat The Symptoms Of A Black Eye

A black eye is formed from bleeding under the skin’s surface. Usually, a black eye is no cause for concern; however, with the presence of blood, even if it’s under the skin, comes the potential of a serious injury. In this case, the serious injuries will most always involve either the eye or skull. Eye-related Injuries. Any trauma to the eye region can potentially cause hyphema – a condition in which blood seeps into the eye(s). The bleeding can occur in one...
First Aid: External First Aid Training - Cuts

Basic First Aid: How To Identify The Severity & How To Treat A Cut

Cuts are defined as areas of damage to the skin and/or underlying muscle tissue. A majority of cuts will bleed – a very small amount on some occasions and a very large and significant amount on others. The dangers of any cut lie in three different categories: location on the body, depth of the cut, and size of the cut. For that reason, it’s always safer to closely examine and diagnose the severity of any cut, no matter the depth or size or location, before...
First Aid: External First Aid Training - Insect Bites and Stings

First Aid: How To Identify & Treat Common Bug Bites On The Trail

It’s important to know that not all bug bites are created equal, and that your own body will determine how you react to a particular bite. Some bites are hardly worth noticing, while others can require immediate medical attention. It’s crucial that you’re able to distinguish the different types of bug bites and to know your personal reactions, as well as those in your riding group, to each type of bug bite...
External First Aid Training Poison Ivy Oak Sumac

First Aid: How To Identify & Treat Poison Ivy, Oak, & Sumac

Do you know what poison ivy is? Have you ever had an especially intense itch? Of course you have, don't lie. Think about how crazy it drove you, and how you wanted nothing more than to make it stop. Remember how awesome it felt to scratch that itch and finally get relief? Now, imagine getting that same itch, multiplying its intensity by ten, and having to deal with it for two straight weeks with only the tiniest bit of relief. If you can imagine that, then you’ll...
First Aid: External First Aid Training - Burns

First Aid: How To Identify & Treat An Exhaust Burn

When riding a machine powered by controlled explosions, parts will get hot. When you go camping you will most likely build a fire, which is also hot. When cooking over that fire, your pots and pans will be hot. Humanity has used fire to advance civilization over thousands of years, and fire can’t tell the difference between you and a hot dog. So always be mindful of where the hot is so you can avoid it...
First Aid: External First Aid Training - Bruises

First Aid: Learn How To Identify & Treat Bruises Based On Severity

Everyday bruises are rarely (if ever) regarded as being serious. And nine times out of ten they’re not. But there are other factors to take into consideration ­– the major one being how you got the bruise in the first place. For that reason, it’s never a bad idea to brush up on first aid for bruises. If there is no serious injury, then you can at least help alleviate the symptoms and get rid of the bruise faster...
Internal-First- Aid Training Hypothermia

First Aid: How To Identify & Treat The Symptoms of Hypothermia

Hypothermia can sneak up on you virtually without notice. And once it has taken hold, your life is in immediate jeopardy. For those reasons, it’s crucial that you’re able to properly identify the early stages of hypothermia, both in yourself and those riding with you. And once you’re able to identify it, that you’re able to effectively combat it, before it diminishes your mental capacity and ability to properly treat it...
First Aid: Internal First Aid Training Heat Cramps

First Aid: Heat Cramps Can Sneak Up On You, & Are a Warning Sign...

Heat cramps are very painful muscle spasms that occur as a result of intense activity in high temperatures. This activity could be exercising, playing football, or, in your case, riding a dirt bike. They’re the least serious of the three heat-related illnesses – heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Heat cramps tend to be more prolonged and more intense than typical cramps. While they can include just about any muscle group, the most common...
First Aid: External First Aid Training - Blisters

First Aid: Blisters Are Preventable, But Learn How To Identify & Treat Them Just...

Blisters are pockets of fluid that form on the surface of the skin. They are filled with a substance called sebum, which is essentially plasma without the red blood cells and platelets. A blister’s purpose is to protect the underlying layers of skin from further damage. What Causes Blisters? The most common causes of blisters are heavy friction on the skin’s surface caused by the rigorous and repeated rubbing of the area, and burns. They can also form in response...
First Aid: Trauma - Knee Dislocation

First Aid: Learn The Symptoms Of A Knee Dislocation And How To Treat It

Knee dislocations are very serious injuries. And unfortunately, they’re more common in athletes than in any other person. But what a lot of people don’t realize (athletes included) is that there’s actually more than one type of knee dislocation. And it’s important that you know which one you’re dealing with before attempting any form of first aid. Below, you’ll find an overview of the two different types of knee...