Have you heard of street luge before? Maybe the word luge is familiar to you. This could be because the luge is a sport at the Winter Olympics. The luge is a toboggan on which the person lies on their back and hurtles down an ice track. If that sounds like fun, you may have guessed the street luge is a version of the sport that takes place on the streets instead of on the ice.
The Daily Telegraph likened a street-based luge to a “plank of wood with wheels on”. The reality is slightly more involved than that, but it is a fair description of what you use to take part in the sport. You lie down on the board, just as you would on an ice luge, and position your feet on the pedals. There are small wheels at both ends and usually in the middle too, and handles to hold onto and to help you lean into turns and steer into them.
Of course, any sport that involves going at speeds that can reach as much as 80mph and above do involve risk. This isn’t for everyone, but for those that do try street luge, protective clothing is paramount. Wearing a helmet is advisable for obvious reasons, but a full-length padded suit would also be an excellent idea. If you come off, you are going to lose a lot of skin if you don’t have anything much on to protect you.
Let’s look at some of the most likely injuries to potentially occur if things went wrong during a street luge run.
Cuts and grazes
Minor cuts and grazes can be treated without many problems. However, if you suspect infection, you should see your GP sooner rather than later. They may prescribe antibiotics for you to take in this case.
If you are wearing protective clothing, including gloves, you can minimise the odds of suffering cuts and grazes. However, if you hit something sharp on the road or track as you come off the luge, it could pierce your clothing and still cause injury. This is easily done given the high-speed nature of the sport.
If you come off at high speeds and strike the track or road beneath you, you’re going to get some bruises. The harder you hit yourself on the surface, and the faster you are going, the worse those bruises are likely to be.
You can incur bruises even with a padded suit on, even though you may escape cuts and grazes because your skin is covered.
When you consider the speeds involved in street luging, it is no surprise to learn crashes can involve broken bones. Remember, you have little protection against impacts when you come off the luge and tumble onto the floor. You no longer have the luge to propel you forwards at speed, and that means you could end up hitting the floor very fast and then coming to an abrupt stop over the space of a few seconds. This can break bones in your legs, arms or even your back, depending on how you fall and what happens.
Spinal fractures are potentially possible in street luge accidents. In a high-speed accident, don’t be tempted to move or get up once you come to a stop. Emergency medical assistance should be called for, so paramedics can check you over for injuries. Moving in the event of a spinal injury could lead to paralysis or even death.
Thankfully, these injuries are rare, but whenever there is a suspicion that any bone might have been broken, confirmation from medical experts is always the best course of action to take.
A helmet is imperative in this sport. However, while a helmet can make all the difference between surviving unscathed and suffering the worst-case scenario in an accident, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee you won’t be hurt if you suffer a blow to the head.
Your skull can withstand great impacts and protect your brain from suffering any serious damage. However, it’s possible to fracture your skull, or to suffer from concussion following a blow to the head. Whenever you receive a blow to the head in a street luge accident, it is wise to seek medical help. You should always seek help if you lost consciousness, if clear fluid is leaking from your nose or ears, or if you experience any confusion or other untoward symptoms. Head injuries can be potentially serious, even when nothing much seems to be wrong at first.
Was someone else to blame for your street luge injury?
If you have suffered an injury while street luging recently, you may be wondering whether someone else was at fault. Was the luge itself substandard, even though you bought it brand new? Was the track you were racing on dangerous, with hazards to the sides that you crashed into, instead of tyres or other softer barriers to minimise the risk of injury if you crashed?
We’ve seen how street luging is a dangerous sport, but as you can see, it is also possible to minimise the risk of injury. Negligence describes the behaviour of someone who did not do everything they should have done to minimise risk. Sometimes, it may mean things that should have been done were not done, as well as doing things that were negligent and careless.
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