Cycling Injuries of the Lower Extremity

Bicycling is an increasingly popular recreational and competitive activity, and thus cycling-related injuries are becoming more common. This article reviews the more common cycling injuries, focusing particularly on those that are preventable. Injuries discussed include knee pain, patellar quadriceps tendinitis, iliotibial band syndrome, hip pain, medial tibial stress syndrome, stress fracture, compartment syndrome, numbness of the foot, and metatarsalgia. The authors emphasize that many injuries are caused by a combination of inadequate preparation, inappropriate equipment, poor technique, and overuse. Nonsurgical management of these common injuries may include rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injection, ice, a reduction in training intensity, orthotics, night splints, and physical therapy. They conclude by reiterating that injury prevention should be the goal, with particular attention to bicycle fit and alignment, appropriate equipment, proper rider position and pedaling mechanics, and appropriate training.

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  • Authors:
    • Wanich, Tony
    • Hodgkins, Christopher
    • Columbier, Jean-Allain
    • Muraski, Erika
    • Kennedy, John G
  • Publication Date: 2007-12


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01095565
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2008 7:51PM