Biking is an amazing sport and recreational activity. With the onset of spring, enthusiastic bikers around Canada have already started bringing their biking gear and bikes out of their garages and can’t wait to take them out for a spin. However, as fun as the activity sounds, there are many kinds of injuries that can occur from biking. Of course one can easily decrease the probability of accidental injuries by following the traffic rules and guidelines. But there are some other common injuries associated with biking, which occur due to improper biking techniques and bad riding postures. Here are some common types of biking injuries and how to prevent them.
One part of the body which is used the most while biking is your knees. Injuries due to overusing your knees during cycling are quite common. There are several types of knee injuries arising from biking like Patellofemoral syndrome (cyclist’s knee), patella and quadriceps tendinitis, medial plica syndrome, and iliotibial band friction syndrome are a few of the more common knee overuse injuries. You can choose shoe implants, wedges beneath the shoes, or cleat positions to prevent injuries arising from the overuse of knees.
You may be surprised, but head injuries are the second most common injuries that many bikers suffer from. In many cases, head injury can be quite severe and can even result in trauma to the brain. A simple remedy to prevent head injuries is wearing a helmet at all times when riding a bike. Experts believe that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by almost 80%. You can easily purchase high-quality helmets at a substantially low cost.
Neck and back pain due to prolonged cycling is quite common. This is because most cyclists stay in one riding position for too long. One of the easiest ways to avoid this kind of pain is to do shoulder shrugs and neck stretches. That way, any built up tension in the neck and shoulders can be easily released. Many cyclists have an improper form which can often lead to injuries. For instance, if the handlebar is too low, cyclists will ride their bike by arching their backs and putting a strain on the neck and back muscles. Stretching these muscles on a regular basis helps to ease up the strain, improve flexibility and improve posture. A simple hack like changing the grips on the handlebar can take substantial stress off the over-used muscles and redistribute pressure to several different nerves.
Wrist/Forearm Pain or Numbness
To prevent numbness and pain in the wrist and forearms, cyclists must ride their bicycles with their elbows slightly bent (never with their arms locked or straight). This will help the elbows to act as shock absorbers when the bike happens to hit a bump. Regularly changing hand positions also helps to reduce numbness. Cyclist’s Palsy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are common biking injuries which can be easily prevented by alternating the pressure from the inside of the palms to the outside. Just make sure that wrists do not drop below the handlebars. You can also use padded gloves and some stretching movements of the hands and wrists before riding to reduce the pain.
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