The highest risk of cycling injury is associated with things that a cyclist can directly impact. This includes improper use of cycling equipment, too much pedal resistance, and insufficient strength in the back resulting in reduced stabilization of muscles, hips, quadriceps and legs.
It’s true that not all injuries can be prevented, but good training and correct use of equipment can lower your chances of getting hurt. Research from other sports and guidance from American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Center for Policy Studies (UK), supports the following 5 tips to prevent cycling injuries with proper riding posture.
- Properly use protective safety equipment
- Pedal in lower gears to reduce pedal resistance
- Reduce or prevent overuse injuries with proper conditioning and strength training, especially in the torso, hips, quadriceps, legs and back stabilizing muscles
- Use of padded gloves and/or handlebar tape
- Use of appropriate shoes and clip pressure
And if you’re wondering what else you can do to help prevent cycling injuries, consider a cycling training program for hamstring injury prevention, back pain prevention, neck pain prevention and knee stability. These recommendations are based on our review of current research and expert opinion. Always consult with your doctor and sports trainer before starting any training program to ensure that it is safe and correct for you to do so. Make sure that you understand the right training techniques and how to use the suggested equipment.
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