Dog Days of Summertime Injuries - Bike Safety – FitPT

Dog Days of Summertime Injuries

Posted on June 15 2016

Flashback... Summer 2015...

Everyone makes mistakes. Hopefully, you can learn from mine.

Safe bike riding dictates that you wear a helmet, yield to pedestrians, watch out for cars, and never ride with a dog leashed to your arm. That’s what the safety experts recommend, and for good reason.

One summer morning (2015), my puppy Bucky had so much energy that I decided it would be a good idea to take a quick ride around the neighborhood to allow him to release his adrenaline rush.  He especially enjoys a quick run while I’m pedaling beside him on my bike (with leash in hand). I’m a healthy and athletic physical therapist, and up until that morning, this was a very manageable task.

Well, suffice it to say that it didn’t end so well. Fret not, Bucky is just fine. However, allow me to explain…

Somewhere between mounting my cruiser bike and leading Bucky around the first lap of the neighborhood – our casual trip was interrupted by the excited barking of one of Bucky’s favorite canine pals. As soon as he heard his buddy, he did a hairpin turn in front of the bike which launched me sharply to the left where I landed abruptly on the concrete. Shortly afterwards, I picked myself up, limped home, and realized a trip to the ER was in order.

Diagnosis:    60 year old woman sustained a right distal radius fracture. Ouch!

Prognosis:    Good (huge relief!)

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This really was an avoidable accident in every respect. After all, I’m a physical therapist and I should know better. Everyday, I see patients who have managed to hurdle themselves into recovery in a wide range of “creative” ways. But clearly, I’m human. Like most other humans, I make mistakes. And, I’m a firm believer in learning from mine.

Lessons learned:

  • Don’t take the puppy on a bike ride.
  • Always wear a helmet, even on a short cruiser bike ride – I was so lucky!

Moral of my story? Safety is a choice, every day. Don’t think that just because you are physically fit that accidents won’t happen. They can. Take time to wear a helmet, yield to pedestrians, watch out for cars, and NEVER hold your dog leash while riding… well, unless you want to potentially add a cast to your fashion collection (see image above… do you think it accentuated the color of my eyes?)

Stay safe this summer!

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Yours for humble recovery,
Dr. Patti Hutt, Arvada/YMCA and Lakewood/Carmody


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