Cycling is a great way to spend time outdoors while also working on getting in shape. However, just like with any other form of exercise, an injury can be sustained if you are not careful. Fortunately, our team at Park Physical Therapy can help with that. Our physical therapists would like to pass along the beneficial information you need to avoid injuries while cycling.

Common Cycling Injuries 

Whether you are new to cycling or cycle everyday, anyone can suffer an injury at any time. These injuries can range in severity, as well as recovery time. At Park Physical Therapy, our team is well versed in diagnosing and treating all of the most common types of cycling injuries. If you suspect you are dealing with any of the below due to your exercising, our team will be there to help:

  • Impact injuries.
  • Lower back pain.
  • Knee pain and discomfort.
  • Neck issues.
  • Muscle tightness and cramps.

Stay Hydrated

The first and perhaps easiest way to avoid cycling injuries this summer is to stay hydrated. Especially during the hot months of summer, you will need to increase your water intake to replenish fluids that are rapidly lost during exercise. Failing to do so can lead to bouts of dizziness and even fainting, which can be extremely problematic when biking. Additionally, when you are dehydrated, you are more likely to deal with muscle cramps and spasms.

Warm-Up

Another great way to avoid injuries is to set aside time to warm up before every bike ride. Performing any physical activity when your body is stiff is an excellent way to sustain an injury. By going through a brief warm-up routine, you will increase the blood flow to your muscles, as well as increase your flexibility. Below are some examples of how you can do this:

  • Static stretches.
  • Dynamic stretches.
  • Go for a brief walk before riding.

Check Your Gear 

Finally, checking your gear each time you go out cycling can help prevent injury. Whether it be safety gear or your bike itself, any issues with your equipment can quickly turn to injury. To prevent this from happening, we recommend doing the following before each ride:

  • Ensure helmets and any other protective padding you are wearing fits snuggly.
  • Adjust the bike seat, so it is in a comfortable position.
  • Check to make sure the brakes and gear shifts are functioning properly.

Contact Us

Unfortunately, even after you’ve done your part to stay protected, cycling accidents can still occur. At Park Physical Therapy, our team is committed to helping patients get back to full strength. Should you suffer a cycling injury this summer, be sure to contact our team today so you can schedule an appointment for treatment!