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Common cycling injuries and how to prevent them

On Behalf of | Jul 10, 2024 | Bicycle Accidents |

Cyclists face unique risks on the road. Understanding common injuries can help you stay safe and prepared.

Below are the types of injuries often sustained in cycling accidents and how you can protect yourself from them:

Head and brain injuries

Cycling accidents may result in head and brain injuries. These can range from minor concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Even with a helmet, you may still be at risk. TBIs can lead to long-term cognitive issues and memory problems. They can also cause personality changes. In severe cases, they may even result in permanent disability or death.

To protect yourself, you must:

  • Always wear a properly fitted helmet.
  • Replace your helmet after any impact.
  • Stay alert and follow traffic rules.

Orthopedic injuries

Your bones and joints are vulnerable and at risk for major damage when you encounter cycling accidents. Common orthopedic injuries include:

  • Fractures, particularly in the collarbone, wrists and hips.
  • Dislocations, which often affect shoulders and fingers.
  • Sprains and strains, commonly in the wrists, ankles and knees.

These injuries can require extensive medical treatment, including surgery and rehabilitation. They may lead to chronic pain or reduced mobility without proper and prompt treatment.

To minimize risks, you can:

  • Wear protective gear like gloves and knee pads.
  • Always maintain proper cycling form.
  • Ensure your bike is the right size for your height and weight.

Soft tissue injuries

Road rash is a common soft tissue injury in cycling accidents. It happens when your skin scrapes against the road surface, causing abrasions and potential infections. Other soft tissue injuries include cuts and bruises. In severe cases, they may include internal injuries like organ damage.

While these injuries may seem minor, they can lead to complications if not treated properly and promptly. Road rash, for example, can result in scarring or infections if not cleaned and dressed correctly.

To reduce the risk of soft tissue injuries, you can:

  • Wear appropriate clothing that covers a wide coverage of skin.
  • Use lights and reflective gear to increase visibility.
  • Practice defensive cycling techniques.

Awareness of common cycling injuries allows you to take steps to protect yourself against accidents and enjoy safer rides.

Seeking professional help

Seeking medical attention promptly is essential when you encounter an accident. Doing so ensures you receive the proper treatment and may aid in your recovery. Additionally, an experienced attorney may help you understand your rights and legal options and get the compensation you deserve.