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Old 11-30-12, 03:53 AM
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Is any Injuries you can get from cycling?

For example with recreational badminton people can sometimes develop problems with the shoulder and ankle if you dont know how to hit and move properly

Is there anything you can get with cycling? knee problems, hip problems or back problems? anything that can naturally occur by riding?
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Old 11-30-12, 05:46 AM
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Yes, Problems in the groin area for both men and women can, and do , occur.

For men it's prostrate issues that can be very harmful if left unattended. For women it various problems with their lady bits.

All of this can be controlled with a good seat installed correctly.
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IMHO, from my personal experience, the most common injuries obtained from cycling are knee or hand related. Of course, there are injuries which occur due to falls and accidents, too. The most you can do there, is to exercise caution and ride safely, wearing the proper protective gear.

I personally wear gloves to protect my hands, just in case of a fall or accident. I usually wear a helmet too.

Of course, during my most recent fall back on July 3, of 2011, I chose that day NOT to wear gloves and skinned up my right hand really good. My gloves would have quite literally saved my skin that day!

Of course, wearing my helmet didn't save my head. However, I did see how it could possibly have helped me, as my head ended up only about an inch or two from a car's bumper...

PS.

Having greater hand positions available during longer rides, I believe, avoids hand pain in the form of cramps (due to decrease in circulation) and provides a certain level of overall comfort. Road bike drop handlebars always give you more possible hand positions.

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Originally Posted by jxpowers View Post
Is there anything you can get with cycling? knee problems, hip problems or back problems? anything that can naturally occur by riding?
Many (most?) injuries that people get from biking can be traced back to improper technique. For example, wrong saddle position/mashing on your pedals can lead to knee problems. If you are somebody who can't get comfortable (for long enough) on a road bike, try a recumbent.

Some injuries are due to falling. These can sometimes be mitigated by proper gear (e.g., helmet, gloves, etc).

The final thing I'd like to point out is that riding your bicycle is much safer thansitting on your couch.

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Old 11-30-12, 07:43 AM
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can anyone direct me to how to adjust the seat properly video
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Old 11-30-12, 10:37 AM
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High-siding a corner and plunging down a mountain will hurt.. slow down!
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Old 11-30-12, 10:42 AM
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You can incur all sorts of injuries from cycling ...

1. If your bicycle is not set up properly, you'll have any number of joint issues.
2. If you have an accident, you'll have any number of other injuries.

If you want to make sure your bicycle is set up properly ... go to a bicycle shop and ask them to fit you on the bicycle for the type of cycling you do. You can also find books in the library that talk about bicycle fit.
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Old 11-30-12, 04:02 PM
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What do you mean, "naturally"? There's nothing "natural" about bicycles, as great as they are.
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You can slip while standing up on a platform pedal and land on your junk when you fall onto either the TT or the seat. There are almost limitless ways to hurt yourself on a bike.
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There are almost limitless ways to hurt yourself on a bike.
Yeah, I find new ways all the time. Sure is fun though.
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You could turn your head to creepily ogle a female jogger and crash into a parked car. Or you could litter an empty packet of Gu and have it flutter down and get caught in your drivetrain causing a spectacular wreck. Worst of all, you could raise your hands in victory, as if you were winning the Tour de France, while crossing a bridge, lose control, and tumble off the bridge to your death.
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Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
You could turn your head to creepily ogle a female jogger and crash into a parked car. Or you could litter an empty packet of Gu and have it flutter down and get caught in your drivetrain causing a spectacular wreck. Worst of all, you could raise your hands in victory, as if you were winning the Tour de France, while crossing a bridge, lose control, and tumble off the bridge to your death.

You'll have to excuse Rebel...He's just being himself!
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
What do you mean, "naturally"? There's nothing "natural" about bicycles, as great as they are.
i wasent talking about bicycles,

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You can slip while standing up on a platform pedal and land on your junk when you fall onto either the TT or the seat. There are almost limitless ways to hurt yourself on a bike.

i think you misunderstood my question, that is not natural that is self inflicted

but dont worry other people understood my question
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For me, it's more a matter of the onset of muscle soreness/tightness. It's important to stretch after rides, to keep the muscles from seizing/cramping (not medical terms - just my description). I've had to zombie-walk into a sport's therapist's office to get my limbs back to normal flexibility before, and time and agin I've been told to stretch after rides.

It's also a good idea to switch positions on the handlebars during long rides - on the hoods, the straight part, and the drops.

One more thing - be sure to look where you're going. I got into a groove last week, spaced out, and ran into a HUGE orange "Men at Work" sign in the bike lane
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You'll have to excuse Rebel...He's just being himself!
Often people riding steel bikes are gruesomely injured when the steel frame fails catastrophically, and they are catapulted face first into the ground.
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Often people riding steel bikes are gruesomely injured when the steel frame fails catastrophically, and they are catapulted face first into the ground.
Yeah, I know_______And I've got the face to prove it, too!
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There are injuries from working on your bike. Chainring gouges can be nasty. I've seen broken noses from removing seatposts, and a slipped wrench can bust open a hand easily.

Then there are carbon fiber frames that spontaneously combust when ridden by poor people.
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Yeah, I know_______And I've got the face to prove it, too!
My face got like this as a direct result of mouthing off to catholic school girls as a boy. They beat the good looking right out of me.
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Originally Posted by jxpowers View Post
anything that can naturally occur by riding?
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What do you mean, "naturally"? There's nothing "natural" about bicycles, as great as they are.
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i wasent talking about bicycles,
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My face got like this as a direct result of mouthing off to catholic school girls as a boy. They beat the good looking right out of me.
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A bee could fly into your eye at speed; that could be injurious.
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Excluding trauma from accident, there are basicly two categories of injury that can occur as a result of cycling, many injuries are the result of the combined effects from both categories:

Injuries due to poor ergonomics: These can be caused by either poor technique/posture/position or from riding a bike that is not properly fit to your individual body mechanics. There are a number of online guides to bike fitting that will get you in the ball park. Park Tools, Bicycle Magazine, or Sheldon Brown's websites are reliable sources. Remember that the initial fit you will get is just a guideline that will need to be tweeked after you have put in a good number of miles. If you ride with clipless pedals, don't forget to include proper footwear with good cleat placement and alignment support for supination or pronation.

Overuse injuries: These include friction/pressure injuries such as saddle sores, strains on overused muscles, or inflammation of joints. Like any other physical training, it must be done in stages to allow your body to adapt. Push too hard and you can develop problems. Ergonomics can't be completely separated from overuse issues as bad ergonomics decrease the amount of time it takes to develop an overuse injury, ie. you can ride a bike that is properly fit and set up for you a lot longer than you can a bike that is a poor fit, has a poor saddle, or is otherwise poorly suited to you. Overuse injuries plague new riders but decrease with conditioning. Pushed hard enough, anyone can develop an overuse injury.

- Don't neglect your rider interface points, shorts to saddle, gloves to grips/bars/tape/controls, and shoes to pedals. These are the areas you are going to notice problems with first. Other possible problem areas are the knees, lower back, shoulders, neck, and elbows.

- Learn and practice proper posture and technique. Listen to your body to identify signals that it is time for a rest, stretch, change in hand position, or some recovery time. Good nutrition decreases fatigue. A fatigued rider is more likely to ride with poor posture or sloppy technique.
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Going off my jump log, in 147 sky dive jumps I've broken my collarbone, sprained my ankle 4 times upon landing, and compound fractured my femur once.

Going off memory in cycling as a kid to young adult I've had countless scrapes, bumps, and bruises. Too many to count, especially mountain biking. I broke my collarbone twice, once as a kid and again when I was a teenager. Dislocated my left knee once and my right shoulder twice. I've also had 2 mountain biking related skull fractures and about 3 concussions. I was not very good at mountain biking. I've hit my nuts on more parts of a bike than I care to remember. Coming back as a 30 year old adult I got a few bumps and scrapes from a run in with a car.

On the whole I feel safer skydiving than I do riding my bike. Although I feel safer mountain biking than I did in my two BASE jumps. Those are scary as ****.
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