Cycling injuries

MINIMISE YOUR CHANCE OF INJURY setting up bike Cycling, while lots of fun is prone to all types of hideous injuries caused by falls and incorrect bike set up! Whatever mode of cycling eg: MTB, track or road, cyclist brake bones, tear muscles, dislocate and injure joints. Here is a list of some of the injuries incurred by cyclists: Knee:

  • Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)
  • Illiotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS)
  • Meniscal or ligament damageo
  • Hamstring and adductor tendonopathy
  • Patella tendonopathy

Hip and low back:

  • Facet joint irritation
  • Disc bulges
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sacroilliac joint problems
  • Groin strains

Ankles and feet:

  • Metatarsalgia
  • Achillies tendonopathies
  • Calf tears

Lateral ankle sprains Shoulders:

  • AC joint injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries and impingement

Elbows, wrists and hands:

  • Golfers and tennis elbow (from being to heavy handed with the breaks particularly relevant for starting cyclists)
  • Thumb sprains (De Quervains)

As you can see there are many overuse and traumatic injuries incurred by cyclists a lot can be avoided with correct bike set up and a supervised progressively loaded training program including a core/ Pilates based program. In the next blog we investigate correct bike set up and common knee injuries!

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