While we all love mountain biking here, it is important to know that our favorite activity comes with some serious downsides. You can take every precautionary measure in the world, but you can still end up with an injury that will have you off of the trails for weeks, months, or even years. A few months back, we posted a blog about three types of mountain biking injuries, but we felt like it was important to revisit the subject and give you a few more.
Since mountain biking involves high speeds, hard surfaces, and very little padding, the injuries sustained while biking are quite serious. While you can get some cuts and bruises from falling off of your bike, those are usually nothing compared to the serious injuries you can suffer from falling off at the wrong time.
Here are some of the top mountain biking injuries, and how you can prevent them:
Broken bones can range from minor annoyances to serious injuries that threaten the structural integrity of your body. If you break a bone with enough force, it is within the realm of possibility that you could need to get serious surgery, even amputation if it is severe enough. While this is a very rare scenario, it is very important to note that if you think you broke a bone while biking, you need to get medical treatment right away. Do not let your injury fester while you can improve it with the help of a physician.
Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious injuries you can sustain while mountain biking. Falling off of a bike can cause your body to contort in ways that mess up your spinal alignment – this can give you a wide array of painful symptoms from minor back pain to total paralysis.
Even if you are wearing a helmet, it is possible for you to suffer from a serious concussion after a bicycle accident. Since you are travelling at high speeds, the force from your body hitting the ground, a tree, or anything else can cause a serious concussion. Concussions can range from mild to life-altering, as serious cases can make you lose your memory and proper bodily functions.
Here is a video of someone getting injured on their mountain bike – please stay safe out there!