Extreme Sports Trauma Management

Accident analyses, such as this one, tell us that long bone injuries, pelvic and spinal fractures, and internal bleeding are the most common serious consequences of extreme sports accidents.

Because these accidents often occur in remote locations, it is usually fellow practitioners rather than the emergency services who are first on scene. Limited equipment, skills and communications, in combination with the weather, can make dealing with time-critical injuries more challenging than in an urban environment. We would highly recommend running incident simulations with your friends, on in your club, on bad weather days. A good incident simulation brings people together, while revealing the challenges of accident management in the local area in a safe and controlled environment. We have put together a simulation pack to help you run your own.

The following are some key skills that may help you manage an extreme sports incident. Please remember, these are guidelines, not rules: please use your own judgment, be mindful of your own safety and that of the rest of the group, act in proportion to your skills and in the casualty’s best interest.

Scene Safety

Leadership and Followership

Casualty Assessment

Opening the Airway

Controlling Bleeding

Binding the Pelvis

Lower Limb Injuries

Environmental Protection

Management of Pain

First Aid and the Law

First Aid Kits

All of these skills are best learned from an experienced person on a certified first aid course. We run our own two-day courses, especially designed for extreme sports practitioners but attending any outdoor first aid course is a great start.