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Matt Pearce

Matt Pearce

Welcome to Pearce Cycles Medics

LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT OUR NEW CONCUSSION ASSESSMENT TOOL

To provide a safe racing environment and ensure the health and well being of all our riders we are introducing a concussion policy for the 2017 season. This means that any rider reporting a blow to the head, is witnessed receiving a blow to the head or meets our criteria must be assessed by a Medic using a specific concussion assessment tool before continuing to ride. This tool is designed to highlight any symptoms associated with concussion that could impair the riders ability to ride safely or prolong recovery or alleviate the risk of long term side effects. 

The tool will bring consistency and a non bias approach to the way riders are assessed. The assessment will be carried out by a registered medical professional, either Paramedic, Nurse or Doctor in our medical centre on site. A positive result from the assessment may indicate that the rider be withdrawn from racing and referred to the appropriate health service if required (A&E or GP) If the rider wishes to return to ride they must be passed medically fit by a doctor.

Current evidence shows that concussion can seriously impair a competitors ability to perform and without appropriate rest from activity can cause long term symptoms and there are links between concussion and early onset neurodegenitive diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.  


About us:
Pearce Cycles have the capability to provide our own medical and first aid cover at our events. This became possible by utilising our own in house paramedic.

Matt Pearce (son of Dave and Lindsey) has grown up around the event scene since he was 17 years old being involved in organising mountain bike events, assisting with first aid and competing himself. Alongside this for the last 14 years he has had a successful career within an NHS ambulance trust working his way up to Advanced Paramedic grade. It was felt that it was time to utilise this experience within Pearce Cycles, as we like to do as much as possible for our events in house!

For our events we have a team of medical staff on site led by Matt and supported by other suitably trained personnel. This includes Paramedics, Nurse Practitioners, Emergency Medical Technicians, Fire and Rescue staff and First Aiders.

The facilities that we will provide are a medical centre in the race arena, a 4x4 rescue vehicle and a rapid response motorbike paramedic.

The medical centre is setup to:
• Provide first aid to walking wounded that present at the centre.
• Assess, treat and discharge patients.
• Clean and close wounds where appropriate.
• Receive and monitor stretchered patients from the course whilst waiting for an ambulance.
• Be a response point for nearby incidents.

The 4x4 rescue vehicle is setup to:
• Extricate injured cyclists off the course and transport them to the medical centre.
• Provide advanced life support including airway management haemorrhage control and drug therapies when required.
• Immobilise patients with suspected spinal injuries.
• Splint fractures
• Provide pain relief

The rapid response motorbike paramedic will have the ability to access any area of the course quickly and provide treatment until the 4x4 vehicle is on scene.

With this setup in place we are able to provide a high level of care to our racers. With our own medical team we work closely with marshals and officials and reduce incident times where possible. We also train with marshals so that they are able to assist the medics more effectively as well.

If you wish to contact us to ask any questions or would like any further information email us on info@pearcemedics.co.uk or call 01584 879288