Sports Accident and Emergency Information
Sports accidents are wide ranging and varied in terms of the damage and the severity.
They are however extremely common. One survey suggests that 'just over 388,500 cases were treated in the 12 months to February 2012; up from nearly 338,200 in the previous 12 month period.'
Steph - A Runner's Real Life Story
Steph lives in Bolton, Lancashire. She’s 29 and likes to keep trim by running four or five times a week. Living in a village on the edge of the Pennines means she can enjoy running through some of England’s richest and most scenic countryside.
Steph’s husband Craig has always had concerns about his wife’s running. He’s always been pleased that she looks after herself through exercise but worries that her routes take her off the beaten track; Steph likes to ‘follow her nose’ when running and enjoys the sense of freedom this running style gives.
Craig gave Steph a You ID Me Sport ID Wristband for Christmas 2016 and insisted she promised to always wear it whilst lone running. Steph duly promised and soon got into the habit of popping it around her wrist. Sometime later she’d joked that it had become as essential as her running shoes.
Early one morning in spring 2016 whilst making a hillside descent to one of three beautiful reservoirs on her route Steph mis-footed her stride and toppled quickly toward a small wall that was guard to a very steep drop of around 40 feet. With the steepness of the incline and the speed of her descent Steph struggled to correct her position.
Steph naturally placed her hands forward but her manoeuvre was ill-timed. Steph fell with speed over the wall hitting numerous rocks and tree branches on the way.
It was 7:10am and Steph was lay unconscious in an overgrown embankment at the side of a large reservoir in Egdworth. She was badly injured; had severe bleeding and nobody would miss her for hours.
It was 07:35 when Cookie – just four years old – discovered Steph on the Wayoh embankment. For clarity, Cookie is an Air Scent Search and Rescue Dog retired due to injury. Owner Steve explains: -
“Cookie must have picked up Steph’s scent and investigated. ‘Ranging’ often takes search dogs out of sight for a while. Cookie returned to me and ‘indicated’ in an old yet familiar way that I should follow.
I trust Cookie’s bark; I just knew he had found something and I followed him. That said once I had managed to get through the overgrown shrubs and trees I couldn’t believe my eyes. Though completely, my years as a volunteer emergency rescue dog handler came back to me instinctively. I got to work.
I quickly checked her over. I could see she was bleeding so didn’t want to move her. It was apparent that she had fallen over the wall; walking onto that particular embankment is prohibited by the land owner and is fenced off.
I could see the girl was breathing so I tried to elicit a response. There was nothing. She was out cold. She was lucky to have survived the fall from that height; must have been the trees that broke her direct fall and impact with the ground.
I spotted the ID wristband. It was reflecting the early morning sun. I could also see the words ‘Vital ID Inside’ on the outside of the band. I carefully opened the Velcro fastener and found a folded card in the sleeve inside. I removed and opened it. I could see her husband’s contact name and number and a handwritten note simply stating ‘Nil’ next to the printed words ‘Medical Conditions / Medications’.
At the bottom right of the card was the letters ‘PTO’ again handwritten. I turned over the card and there was a printed label informing the reader that further life-saving information could be accessed by entering an ID number at the ‘You ID Me’ website. I reached for my phone, opened a browser window at ‘You ID Me’ and punched in the ID number.
What sprang up in a second was no less than brilliant; all this young lady’s emergency information with buttons for me connect straight through to her contacts and the emergency services. I called 999 and reported the emergency and then used the speed dial button to call her husband Craig.
By the time we spoke, Craig was worried yet welcoming of the call. He was about to board a flight to London and had already received an emergency SMS Alert from the You ID Me system. I was able to ease his mind and confirm details about the situation until the paramedics arrived. I even put Craig on loudspeaker to try to provide reassurance to Steph, so she might hear her husband’s voice.
I made contact with Steph’s second emergency contact with Craig’s recommendation who was able to attend and go with Steph to the hospital.”
Steph’s injuries were severe enough to keep her off work for over 6 months but thankfully she’s made a full recovery and is running again, though only by roadside now!
“Though it was a terrible accident for Steph I dread to think what might have happened if it were not for the combination of an old Labrador and a You ID Me emergency ID wristband. The speed dialling service was particularly helpful as I did not have a pen on me or anything to write on in the minutes that the event happened… I was just out for a morning stroll with my old pal Cookie.” Steve said.
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