Injuries in competition are a given. However, sporting events with medical personnel on site reduce the chances of increased harm due to delays in treatment. Especially where there are extremes of temperature, humidity or hills, medical personnel on site can help ameliorate the accidents and injuries that may occur. Where competitors are pushing the “Pedal to the metal,” it only takes a split second for there to be a traumatic head injury or broken bone. With an experienced sports medicine doctor standing by, the effects of such accident and sports injuries can be reduced.
Athletes may be in excellent physical shape, however once the andrenaline is running, competitors may push their bodies into the “red zone” or accidentally stray into another’s path or that of an oncoming car or truck. Sports medicine and injury trial lawyer Doug Landau has been in bike crashes and received immediate medical care at the finish line and transition area. While we may not like hearing the sirens or seeing the lights during a race, we, as athletes, are reassured when we see medical personnel stationed to be at the ready at the start of a race, just in case.