If you are going to be doing a lot of running this summer, there are certain safety, as well as first aid tips you should have in mind.
While we never set ourselves to go on an adventure knowing we are going to get hurt, the possibility is always there. That’s why you should know what to do if that happens.
1- Drink Plenty Of Water
Whether you’re a veteran or new to running, you should know that staying hydrated will prevent a series of problems.
One of the most common incidents involving runners also involve dehydration. During summer time, humidity and heat levels may change and runners who are not properly hydrated will end up suffering from certain issues such as lightheadedness, confusion, and even loss of consciousness.
Muscle cramps may also occur if you’re not hydrating properly.
If you feel any of these symptoms, stop running and hydrate. In case of cramps, stop and stretch as well.
2- Your Skin Is The First To Feel The Heat: Wear Sunscreen
Doctors like to remind runners that applying SPF before heading out for a run is very important.
And while running, seek shade whenever possible. Also, cover your face with a cap or visor.
3- Clean All Minor Injuries And Do Not Pop Blisters
Sometimes, runners slip and fall. And as such, they may suffer some scrapes and cuts. At times, you might think that these minor injuries are no biggie. But pushing their care for later can hurt you in the long run.
Whenever you get hurt, stop the bleeding and have the area cleaned and protected. Use hydrogen peroxide as quickly as possible or at least, warm, soapy water.
If you notice a blister, doctors advise: Leave it alone.
If you “pop” it, you could experience an infection. Use gel blister pads or petroleum jelly to have it healed soon but do not use water on blisters. The water and sweat combination may hurt the area.
4- Run With A Friend And Let Others Know When You’ll Be Getting Home
Whether you like to run early in the morning or late in the evening, running in a duo or group is always going to be safer. There are also apps you can use so close friends or loved ones know where you’re going.
As a matter of fact, safety advocates urge runners to let loved ones know their plans. Especially if running with your phone is not your favorite.
By telling others where you’re running and when you expect to get home could come in handy if an emergency happens.
5- Call 911 If Necessary
If you fall sick or lose consciousness while on the go, do not brush it aside. Call emergency right away.
Other symptoms that should be red flags include: Difficulty breathing, confusion, and abnormal chest pain.
For a more thorough list of safety tips you can follow while running, click here.