Some say they become inevitable with all the training and various activities that we take part in as athletes. I am speaking of accidents and injuries.
Last Sunday I was rollerskiing and had a small mishap. The strap on my right pole had come loose and I tried to adjust it while in motion. As I brought my hand in front of me to adjust the strap, the tip of my pole caught the road surface, shooting my right fist into my face. I was briefly stunned but managed to stay upright. Luckily none of my teeth were knocked loose, but I felt like I had a hole through my lower lip and could feel the taste of blood in my mouth.
The frustrating part of this ordeal was the fact that I have recognized the potential for this danger before, and usually would stop to adjust my strap. However this time I was frustrated with how often I had to adjust it, so I tried to do so on the fly.
Fortunately I did not have a hole through my entire lip, and I was able to have the cut on the outside of my lip sutured in less than two hours. I then went directly to the ski shop to get some new straps and tips for my poles. I am healing well, but this will serve as a good reminder to always keep my equipment in good shape whatever the sport I’m taking part in. Stay safe!