Safety Equipment for Bikers of All Ages
Bicycling is a great way to get your heart rate up and improve your cardiovascular fitness. It’s also an eco-friendly way to get around town. But if you’re planning on biking around the busy Las Vegas area, it’s particularly important to follow some safety guidelines to reduce your risk of a crash. When injuries do occur, the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is ready to help.
A helmet is an essential piece of equipment that every bicyclist should have. Helmets range from basic to elaborate; consider looking for a helmet that features ventilation to keep you cooler under the hot Las Vegas sun. If you’re a mountain biker, it’s advisable to choose a helmet that offers full-face protection. Whichever helmet you choose should fit you securely and snugly. Try on the helmet before purchasing it to make sure it fits well.
Mouth Guards are commonly worn by sports enthusiasts who play football, hockey, and other impact sports. They’re also a good choice for bicyclists. Your mouth guard should engage both the upper and lower jaws for maximum stabilization and protection.
Protective gloves can help prevent injuries to your hands in the event that you fall from your bike. If you enjoy long bicycle rides, consider choosing gloves that are padded. These can help keep you comfortable despite gripping the handlebars for long periods of time.
Every bicyclist should be mindful of his or her visibility while on the roads. Wearing a brightly colored shirt and putting reflective tape on your helmet can increase your visibility and reduce your risk of a collision with a car.
The emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is available 24/7, every day of the week to respond immediately to medical emergencies. Please call 911 if you require emergency transportation to our community hospital in Las Vegas; otherwise, you can call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse or to request a physician referral. In addition to emergency care, our hospital is a leading provider of diagnostic imaging, orthopedic care, and physical rehabilitation.