Cyclists are aware that sharing the road with much heavier cars and trucks is risky. Fortunately, most cyclists know what precautions to take to help prevent major injuries, such as always wearing a helmet and being aware of their surroundings when on the road.
However, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of sustaining an injury while biking. What are some of the most injuries for cyclists in California?
Colliding with a large vehicle like a car or truck, another cyclist, or a pedestrian may result in an impact injury. Impact injuries can include a severe head concussion, broken bones, and road rash. A collision may also result in broken teeth and damage to soft tissues in the body. It is crucial to write down any details about the crash as soon as possible to help authorities determine who was at fault for the accident.
Sprains and overuse pain
Less visible than impact injuries are the injuries that result from engaging in repetitive motion and sitting in the same position for an extended period of time. These types of injuries may include knee, neck, and back pain or a repetitive strain injury in the wrist. Unlike impact injuries, there is generally nobody at fault for sprains and overuse pain. They are simply a result of the stresses that come with large amounts of physical activity.
The more you know about common injuries experienced by cyclists, the more you can do to prepare yourself prior to going out for a ride.