4 Ways to Avoid Mountain Biking Injuries

Most mountain biking injuries are preventable. Diving headfirst without taking the time to educate yourself can mean the difference between a day out riding or a day in with an injury.

  1. Plan Ahead          
    Without knowing the path, it can be nearly impossible to make the right choices quickly enough. Look into the trail you plan to ride so you know what to expect. Consider the time it takes to get to the end of the trail, and add some time on your way back since you will likely be tired.
  2. Supplemental Exercise & Stretching          
    High-impact sports like mountain biking can put strain on muscles, ligaments, and connecting tissues, especially when you don’t stretch and maintain fitness. Warm up for ten minutes and do full-body stretches beforehand. Stay fit by implementing exercises to build your musculoskeletal strength and resilience.
  3. Hydrate & Energize          
    Dehydration can cause fatigue, which slows your reaction time and impairs your senses. Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your ride. It isn’t always easy, so try using a hydration pack for easily accessible fluids, and avoid flavored drinks, as they may make you thirstier. To stay energized, eat a large meal 2 to 3 hours before longer rides and a small meal 1 to 3 hours before a shorter ride.
  4. Balance          
    Getting out of your seat and putting the weight on your pedals helps stabilize your center of gravity. This reduces the risk of crashes, especially in rougher terrain where the path can be unpredictable. If you are losing balance or a crash is happening, lift one of your legs over the bike frame so both legs are on one side, and jump off the side of the bike, avoiding obstacles.

Mountain biking can be thrilling and fun until you get injured. Following these simple tips can help prevent traumatic sprains, strains, tears, and fractures, but injuries can still happen. Make sure you seek treatment right away from an expert who knows how to get you back on the trails quickly and safely. To find the right doctor near you, click here to use our handy, quick guide now.