• Acute injuries associated with falls from the bike.
• Overuse injuries associated with too much training, incorrect bike fit or strength/endurance deficits of the rider.
How do you treat cycling injuries?
Each cycling injury is unique, and each cyclist has different reasons why they sustained the injury. In general, there are several key aspects that need to be addressed when assessing and treating an injury. These include:
• Bike fit: Assessing a cyclist’s fit is vital to understanding the contributing factors to any overuse cycling injury. A proper on-bike assessment and bike fit can reveal any problems with bike position, as well as any deficits in the rider’s biomechanics. A proper bike fit can reduce the risk of injury, make you more comfortable and improve your power output on the bike. Check out our bike fitting page to find out more.
• Weakness in important muscle groups: Often associated with poor cycling biomechanics, weakness of certain muscles can lead to excessive strain on the injured tissue. Key muscle groups for cyclists include the gluteals, the quadriceps and the calf muscles. Often if these muscles have been weak for a long time, even after you strengthen them you must specifically address your cycling technique too, as the body can adopt incorrect biomechanics.
• Programming error: Increasing your distance or intensity too soon can lead to cycling injuries as the body does not have enough time to develop and adapt to the increase in stress. Careful planning of your training is important to allow your body to recover from an injury while still maintaining cycling performance.
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