Cycling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and have some fun, all at the same time. Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or trying it for the first time, it’s important to review safety measures as well as tips to prevent common cycling injuries before you hop in the saddle.
Safety First – Top 3
This month, take the opportunity to check out the Cycling pros from around the globe at the 40th annual Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium in Athens, Georgia. Located just a short drive from Greensboro and Lake Oconee is the college town of Athens, GA. Most notably recognized as home to the University of Georgia and the beloved Bulldogs' athletic programs; however, if you are a professional cyclist, Athens is home to one of the most revered cycling events in the world, The Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium. This professional race, now in it's 40th year. takes place on the closed streets of downtown Athens and public spectators are welcome. Admission is free. Cycling teams from across the globe make the annual trek to the Classic City to participate in this evening race, hence the name "Twilight", and enjoy the charm and hospitality of the Classic City. The 2021 AOC Twilight Criterium is set for August 20-21. Visit the Twilight website https://athenstwilight.wpengine.com/ for a full calendar of weekend festivities, including child and amateur cycling races, 5K, live music, food court and expo. Fun for the entire family.
Athens Orthopedic Clinic and Twilight remind all ages to remember the Top 3 safety measures above but also encourage you to be aware of the most common causes of cycling Injuries. Education and prevention is the key to happy, healthy rides!
Injury Prevention – Most Common Cycling Injuries
High speed is the most common cause and result in injury on a bike resulting in superficial soft tissue trauma and/or musculoskeletal trauma. Wear your helmets, please!
Not surprisingly, knees suffer the most overuse injuries in the sport. Be sure to verify you have the appropriate and proper saddle height, and if you are riding clipless pedals, make sure that your cleat position is correct.
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it time and time again on how important it is to maintain good posture. Spending long amounts of time in a stationary position can cause stress on any muscle so be sure to relax your upper body and move around occasionally. Also, bend from the hips, not the lower back. Your back should look straight, not curved.
This is another overuse injury and the cause of inflammation. Always verify your body mechanics are properly positioned on your bike, such as proper saddle height in contrast to your pedals as well as well positioned cleats in pedals.
Tightness can lead to tearing so establishing a thorough warm up and cool down routine to keep your muscles flexible is very important. Remember also to allow time for your body to rest and recover.
A trusted orthopedic is also an essential piece of the puzzle to staying safe and healthy. Athens Orthopedic Clinic is your partner, not only when you’re injured and seek care, but also as an advocate to deliver tools to keep you and your family injury free.
If you experience a cycling injury or have questions regarding a past injury, Athens Orthopedic Clinic’s team of expert physicians and physical therapists are ready and available to treat and help you recover. Request an appointment online at www.AthensOrthopedicClinic.com or call (706) 549-1663. AOC's Greensboro location is open 5-days a week and is conveniently located at 1000 Cowles Clinic Way.