May is National Bike Safety Month!

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More Americans ride bicycles than those who ski, golf or play tennis combined, according to the National Sporting Goods Association. The good news is that the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association reports that biking related injuries are largely preventable. Roughly 580,000 Americans, visit the emergency room each year for injuries sustained while riding. During the spring, local physical therapists strive to lower injury rates by providing preventive measures so cycling enthusiasts and their bikes are operating optimally and safely. The most common biking injuries requiring physical therapy include anterior knee pain, perineal pain, tendonitis and head injuries including concussion. Have you checked in with your PT?

Facts and Tips!

  • Seventy-five percent of fatal or serious cycling accidents occur at or near road intersections in urban areas, according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety.
  • Basic habits, including the wearing appropriate protective gear – helmet, knee pads, etc. – aid in prevention of trauma among children and adults alike. This saves Americans an estimated $8 billion in health care costs per year.
  • PreventInjury.org cited that cyclists can enjoy a safe ride by checking the level of their seat, the position of their handle bars and the extension of their knees as well as maintaining good posture and stretching before and after a ride.
  • Head injuries are the most serious type of injury and the most common cause of death for bicyclists. Bicycle helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of head and brain injury when a crash occurs by as much as 85 to 88 percent.
  •  Children with bicycle -related head injuries are more likely to require hospitalization and to have their injuries result in death
  •  More than one-fifth of all bicyclist deaths occur among school age youth ages 5 to 15.
  •  More children go to hospital emergency departments for bicycle related crashes than any other sport
  •  Of child bicyclists (16 years and under) killed on the road, 49 percent are killed while bicycling on minor roads (connecting roads and  neighborhood streets) and almost 49 percent are killed while bicycling on major roads (high-volume roads across cities and towns).
  •  Almost half of bicycle crashes occur in driveways or on sidewalks.
 
Special Thanks to:
       Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association
       Safe Kids USA
       League of American Bicyclists
 

 

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