Bike Injury Explanations and Preventage Tips
As bicycle riding becomes an increasingly popular sport, new bicycle riders and seasoned participants alike are prone to overuse injuries. Many people think of pain as ‘weakness leaving the body,’ especially in relation to cycling, but this is not the case. Many are just not aware that there is no need to suffer through bicycling.
Many neck, hip and shoulder injuries can result from bike riding, typically due to poor posture. Use your lower back and abdominal muscles to support your posture to stay comfortable and injury free.
- We all know stretching is boring, right? But, failing to stretch prevents necessary gain in flexibility and causes tight muscles that limit higher levels of exercise. Flexibility is crucial in reducing stress on your thoracic spine, legs and hips. Stretch these areas to keep flexible and reduce risk of injury.
Let your body control the bike, not the bike control your body!
- As your body changes, so needs to your bicycle. Otherwise, improper connection can lead to injury. Visit your bike fit pro regularly to monitor changes in your flexibility, strength, equipment, skills and goals.
- Proper pedaling engages quadricep, hip, calf, and gluteal muscle groups equally and simultaneously. “Gear-mashers” who drive big gears at low revolutions per minute (RPM) are destined for overuse injury. Proper RPM should be around 90 RPM, using smaller gears with higher RPM’s.
At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, we pride ourselves in our care for our patients’ health and well-being before, during, and after their treatment. We strive to provide caring, compassionate and empowering service to patients with any injury ranging from back and neck pain, to TMJ and headaches, and many more. Thank you for all the support and encouragement that has helped this practice truly thrive and succeed. I can’t thank you enough. Warmly,
Grace Walker, P.T., D.P.T.