Mountain Biking Injuries: Wear Some Armor!

First, I’ve very much enjoyed writing for Singletracks.com – what a cool opportunity to provide some real science to an audience that deserves it.  My latest article: You Need to Wear Body Armor: The History of Mountain Biking Injuries.

It’s definitely appropriate.  I’ve sustained some pretty decent bodily damage because I choose to incorporate cycling as a part of my lifestyle:

  • Fractured ulna (left arm) – did not have elbow pads on
  • Fractured radial head (right arm) – did not have elbow pads on
  • Full-thickness 4″ laceration (left shin) – 14 sutures
  • Three 1.5″ lacerations (left knee) – 1 suture + 5 Steri-strips – did not have knee pads on
  • Torn meniscus (left knee, medial, horizontal tear) – was hit by a car during a commute
  • Countless scrapes and abrasions (some fairly large… we’re talking 6″x4″ on my right shin… I’ll spare you the photos)
  • I’m sure I’ve forgotten something

Despite the above list, I love cycling, especially mountain biking.  I’m not alone.  Many, many people incorporate cycling as a part of the foundation to their lifestyle.  It provides a wealth of fitness benefits, decreases stress, depression and anxiety, as well as satisfies a need for adventure.

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Wearing some pretty comfortable elbow pads during a jaunt in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.

Most of us understand the risks associated with the sport.  But, will I ever ride helmet-less? No way. Knee and elbow pads are also worn when appropriate.  Why??  The injury statistics alone paint a clear picture of what can happen to just about anyone who rides, whether you’re a professional or a newbie.

Check out my article discussing why you should always choose to be safe on a bike and gear up!

You Need to Wear Body Armor: The History of Mountain Biking Injuries

Cheers, and Happy Holidays everyone!

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Sam Reynolds at the 2015 Red Bull rampage. Photo by Pia McDonell of McDonell Media.

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