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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Bike safety tips orthopaedic surgeons say you should always remember
ROSEMONT, Ill., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 80 million Americans enjoy cycling because it is an environmentally efficient way to travel, a great form of exercise and a fun recreational activity for families to enjoy.
According to 2013 statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 1.3 million people were treated in hospitals, emergency rooms and doctors' offices for bicycle-related injuries.
"A helmet is your friend while cycling, so always wear one," said Alex Jahangir, MD, an orthopaedic trauma surgeon from Nashville, Tenn. and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) spokesperson. "The other important factor is getting professionally sized for a bike. This is especially essential for growing kids who may have outgrown their bikes. Having an appropriately sized bike helps the rider to have better control while riding, thus reducing the risk for falls and other accidents."
In 2012, bruises and minor cuts were the leading types of injuries involving bicycles, followed by fractures, then lacerations and strains and sprains. However, serious injuries, including concussions or death, can occur.
Orthopaedic surgeons treat, but would rather prevent injuries. The AAOS offers this list of cycling safety tips:
Road Safety Rules:
Other Rider Tips:
Orthopaedic surgeons restore mobility and reduce pain; they help people get back to work and to independent, productive lives. Visit ANationInMotion.org to read successful orthopaedic stories.
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