Biking Injury Prevention Tips

Riding a bike is excellent exercise, plus a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Your goal might be to strengthen and condition your body, achieve cardiovascular benefits, or feel the wind in your hair. Regardless of your purpose, it’s easy to get hurt biking, sometimes seriously. Following are some ways to reduce your chance of injury while biking.

Helmet Use

An orthopaedic surgeon can fix many bone and joint issues, but he or she may not be able to help with a serious head injury. Wearing a properly fitted helmet every time you ride will help protect you from an accident that could kill you or cause dire injury to your brain. Your helmet should be highly visible to motorists, and parents should lead by example by always wearing their helmets. Make helmets fun for children by allowing them to pick out their own helmet and decorate it as they wish.

Know Your Limits

Riding off-road is a tempting adventure, but you should be aware of your capabilities and limitations if you choose to do so. If a trail is too aggressive for your joints, handling skills, or bicycle frame, avoid it. Hitting a rock or canyon the wrong way may turn into broken bones, torn ligaments, pain, and a lot of suffering. An orthopaedic surgeon hears stories often about how a bicyclist bit off more than he or she could chew on an aggressive ride.

Follow Traffic Rules

Riding against traffic, crossing intersections at the wrong time, or weaving in or out of traffic are all risky actions that can get a bicyclist hurt or killed. Be aware of the traffic around you and abide by traffic lights at all times. Wear very visible (preferably reflective) clothing, and do your best to be a large, visible object on the road. Being struck by a motor vehicle will almost certainly send you to an orthopaedic surgeon.

Enthusiasm for bicycling is a wonderful thing if you use some caution and critical thinking. Making sensible choices when riding will keep you safe and sound for many rides to come.

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