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Common Cycling Injuries - Causes and Prevention

The exciting events on the road and in the Velodrome at the London 2012 Olympics have, as the motto promised, inspired a generation. Cycling (either static in the gym, or outside on the road) is a fantastic way to keep fit, and it is easier on some joints than higher impact sports such as running.

Although cycling is relatively low impact there are some common injuries that can occur. These can be found below, along with causes and methods of prevention. As with any new fitness regime, it is always best to consult your doctor if you have any apprehensions or pre-existing health conditions.

The most common injuries of collisions and falls at high speed are broken collar, leg, and arm bones. Unfortunately there is no way to prevent a fall apart from being cautious and paying attention to your environment, although one would hope if you were working on a static bike in the gym your risk of a fall would be very low.

Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is common among cyclists although other factors can contribute to this injury such as tasks you perform in your job and existing injuries. Lower back pain can take hold gradually or as a sudden sharp pain.

The main cause of lower back pain is bad posture. Unfortunately, treatment for this injury is not as easy as adjusting your posture, although this is a key consideration. Lower back pain indicates that some damage has already been done to the area so rest is a large factor in recovery, as are massages, stretching and strengthening exercises. The best way to prevent lower back pain is to ensure your equipment is set up correctly before each session on the bike. You might also like to try wearing a posture support such as the Bodymedics Posture Brace to encourage correct posture.

Knee Pain
Another common form of cycling injury is knee pain. Knee pain can manifest in various ways from a burning sensation as you are exercising to pain walking up and down stairs, pain under the knee cap itself or swelling of the knee joint. Knee pain can be caused by a number of reasons including overuse of the joint or length and tightness of your muscles.

If you experience swelling and/or pain after you stop exercising the best treatment is to take Ibuprofen, ice, compress and elevate the joint, and above all else rest until your knee has recovered. The Cold Compression Knee Support is great for applying ice and pressure onto the affected knee.

If you experience any kind of injury please consult your GP for advice.

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