Biking can be an excellent activity for the warm summer weather; however, it is important to be mindful of how to bike safely if you have epilepsy.
To start, it is important to note your triggers. If your seizures are triggered by temperature change or by strobe/ flashing lights, you should take caution if you choose to bike. Evidently, when biking outside, you will likely get very hot in a short period of time, which can cause a seizure if this is when you are most susceptible. Next, when the sun is low and you are in an area with many trees, it can create a strobe light effect. Although this will not always be the case, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and what may cause your seizures. If these are your triggers, you can eliminate them by biking in shaded areas.
Secondly, if you are newly diagnosed and do not have your seizures under control, biking may not be ideal. However, if you choose to bike it is recommended that you bring someone along with you who knows how to care for you in the case of a seizure. In addition, wearing a helmet is the most important point to note in this case. A helmet may help prevent you from obtaining a head injury, and eliminate any further risk of seizure.
Ultimately, epilepsy should never impede on your summer. It is simply important to be mindful of your environment and necessary to know how to bike safely if you have this condition.
See you next week.