The recent death of twenty-six-year-old open water swimmer Fran Crippen during a competition in Abu Dhuabi was a tragedy and a hard thing for parents and children to digest, but it also provides a teachable moment, providing parents a good opportunity to start a dialogue with their kids about sports safety and risk taking.
A common saying in the cycling world is "It's not if you're going to
crash, but when." Crashing is just part of cycling. Experience, skill
and some luck can certainly help cyclists avoid crashes, but at some
point, if you're riding your bike, you're going to crash. And when you do you are going to get road rash, abrasions from
falling off your bike and making contact with the pavement or some other
Bike crashes are part of cycling, whether it be BMX biking, road racing, or track cycling. Two-time Olympic track cyclist and mom, Erin Mirabella, says parents should do six things after their child falls off their bike.