Mi­nor cuts

Trail Running (UK) - - Body Maintenance -

AVOID THEM Ac­ci­den­tal trips, slips and falls are hard to avoid when run­ning off road, mak­ing it al­most im­pos­si­ble to es­cape oc­ca­sional mi­nor cuts and scrapes. Keep your eyes peeled for tree roots, loose rocks and other haz­ards, and work on your bal­ance and pro­pri­o­cep­tion to avoid falls. Bram­bles and other sharp fo­liage can also snag the un­wary run­ner, so con­sider wear­ing long sleeves or leg cover to pro­tect your skin if you will be run­ning in par­tic­u­larly over­grown ar­eas. TREAT THEM Make sure that you are car­ry­ing the equip­ment to treat mi­nor wounds in your first aid kit, in­clud­ing ster­ile wipes, a wound dress­ing and tape or a ban­dage. Clean the wound and then cover it. Check care­fully that noth­ing is left in the wound such as thorns or shards of stone as this greatly in­creases the risk of in­fec­tion. In an emer­gency a ruff comes in handy to se­cure a dress­ing or main­tain pres­sure on a wound un­til you can reach help.

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