Bicycling is a wonderful sport for all ages; from children to older adults, there is a bicycle and a ride for everyone. However, cycling is a sport known for high rates of overuse and trauma injuries.
Knowing which injuries are common, and taking some precautions to avoid them, will help you enjoy your sport even more.
1. Knee injuries
Knees are the most common site for overuse injuries. Typically these injuries involve pain around the kneecap or outer knee pain. Cleat positions, shoe implants and wedges under your shoes may help prevent some overuse injuries.
2. Head injuries
Unfortunately, head injuries are common among bike riders. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%. Luckily, California has a helmet law for bicycle riders to help reduce traumatic injuries. Helmets are readily available and affordable, so everyone should take advantage of them.
3. Wrist Pain and Numbness
Biking can cause two common wrist overuse injuries, cyclist’s palsy and carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include pain and numbness in the wrist, hands and forearms. Riders can help avoid these conditions by riding with their elbows slightly bent, to allow elbows will act as shock absorbers. Changing hand positions and alternating the pressure from the inside to the outside of the palms can help as well. In addition, wearing padded gloves and stretching the hands and wrists before a ride can act as prevention.
Avoiding common injuries can help you continue to enjoy the bicycling activities that you love. Taking preventative measures to prevent these conditions can help you continue to enjoy your rides.