Monday, October 5, 2009

General Health Topic - Wearing ID While Participating in Sports

Hello Everyone,

I am sadly writing about this topic again.

Another tragedy just occurred in the area, Two cyclists were riding a tandem bicycle on a common cycling route outside of town. A distracted motorist plowed into the rear of the cyclists killing the woman instantly. The male rider was still alive and taken to a hospital where he later died.

The female rider was wearing an ID bracelet and was able to be identified. The male rider was not wearing ID and was not able to be identified until the next day. At that time, the male rider was identified as the husband of the female rider.

Wearing a sport ID would not have saved their lives. However, it would have made identification of the riders easier, with quicker notification of relatives.

To motorist - Please pay attention to what you are doing! More cyclist and motorcycles are sharing the road. Pay attention to your surroundings! Please give cyclists a very wide berth if possible.

To cyclists - Pay attention to your surroundings!. DO NOT wear headphones while you are riding! Be careful.

There are many suppliers of Medical and Sports ID. Please get one.

I hope we will not have any more of these tragic stories.

Until later,

Dr. Paul

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

General Health Topic - Emergency ID

Hello Everyone,

I was going to include this topic in my last post on Medical ID. However, since it is such an important topic, it deserves it's own article.

My last topic was on the importance or wearing Medical ID if you have a medical condition that warrants it. This topic is on wearing identification even if you do not have a medical problem.

Are you a jogger, cyclist or walker? Do you go to the gym, leave your ID in your car or in the locker? If so, you need to be wearing some type of sports ID.

There have been at least 2 incidences in the area where ID could have been helpful.

1. A man was struck by a vehicle while running. When he was taken to the local trauma center, he was unrecognizable due to his injuries. He did not have any ID on him and he was probably listed as a "John Doe". The doctors and nurses working frantically to save his life did not recognize him. Unfortunately, the patient died from his injuries. As it turned out, the patient worked in that emergency room.

2. A young man was out running and was hit by a vehicle. I am not sure but he may have died on the scene or later. However, he did not have any ID and it took authorities 5+ hours to identify the person

These are just two examples to show that carrying ID is important. In these two incidences, the ID would not have saved their lives. However, it would have been easier for the authorities to notify the men's emergency contacts.

An ID used while exercising should have your name, allergies, medical conditions, emergency contact information, doctors name and any other information that may be important.

There are sports ID that attach to the running shoe, wrist bands, ankle bands, cycling helmet stickers. I prefer to use the type that attaches to my running shoes. That way I don't have to remember to put anything on.

Many sports ID products also have reflective material to make the wearer more visible.

Even in the gym, wear an ID on your person. If you collapse after a hard session on the elliptical trainer, an ID in your locker will not help you!

There are many companies that provide sport ID products. make the small investment and be safe.

One last thought / comment. In at least one of the examples above, the jogger was wearing headphones.


It is not safe. You need to be aware of your surroundings, cars, people, other runners, cyclists etc.

Until later,

Dr. Paul