In recent years, mountain biking has increased in popularity and so have injuries associated with the sport. In most cases, competitive mountain biking usually involves lots of off road riding on tracks with different surface conditions. The high speed usually achieved when cycling downhill can result in falls and serious injuries. Injuries arising from mountain biking may be traumatic and acute or those that arise from overuse. Let’s take a look at the most common mountain biking injuries.
Skin abrasions generally mean grazes and cuts, or damage to the soft tissue on the top layers of the skin. Skin abrasions are often sustained when falling off a mountain bike and their severity can vary depending on whether the rider was wearing protective gear. Some serious cuts can rupture blood vessels or damage nerve tissues and thus call for medical attention. Skin abrasions can be easily prevented by wearing protective gear on the elbows, knees and hips.
Also referred to as Acromio Clavicular joint sprain, this kind of injury usually results in damage of the AC joint ligament located on the outer side of the collar bone where it’s joined to the front of your shoulder blade. At first, the pain may be widespread but may be localized over time. AC joint injuries can be prevented by avoiding mountain bike falls especially ones that involve going over the handlebars.
Knee and Lower Back Pain
Cycling is a repetitive activity and as a result, painful knees and lower back injuries can be triggered by overuse of the same muscles over time. Lower back pain is mostly caused by the slouching posture in which most bikers do their cycling. If knee pain creeps to your feet, you should consider talking to one or two licensed podiatrists. On the flip side, however, these injuries can be prevented by setting up a mountain bike correctly. For instance, the saddle height and size of the frame must be considered so as to avoid overextending your knees when the pedals reach the bottom of the revolution.
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