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Common Cycling injuries and how to solve them

Cycling And Sports Injuries

Regular cycling places significant physical demands on the body, making it an excellent form of exercise for overall health and fitness. As cyclists pedal their way through various terrains and distances, they engage multiple muscle groups, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, calves, and core muscles, contributing to improved strength and endurance.

The repetitive motion of cycling also enhances cardiovascular fitness by elevating heart rate and improving blood circulation. Additionally, the weight-bearing nature of cycling helps maintain bone density and joint health. While the low-impact nature of cycling reduces stress on joints, the constant pedaling motion can still lead to fatigue and strain, necessitating proper bike fit and posture to prevent injuries.

Overall, regular cycling not only improves physical stamina but also provides an enjoyable and accessible means to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Common Cycling Injuries

Here are some of the most common cycling injuries we see at the Horsham Sports Injury Clinic

Knee Pain

One of the most prevalent cycling injuries, knee pain often results from improper bike fit or incorrect saddle height, leading to excessive strain on the knees during pedaling.

Lower Back Pain

Poor bike fit, improper riding posture, or excessive time in the saddle can contribute to lower back pain in cyclists.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Prolonged cycling with a poor upper body position can lead to strain and discomfort in the neck and shoulders.

Wrist and Hand Pain/Numbness:

Gripping the handlebars too tightly or maintaining the same hand position for too long can cause hand numbness or pain.

Cycling-Related Overuse Injuries

Repetitive motion during cycling can lead to overuse injuries such as tendinitis (e.g., Achilles tendinitis) and bursitis.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Compression of the median nerve in the wrist due to prolonged pressure on the handlebars can result in carpal tunnel syndrome.

Ankle and Foot Injuries

Incorrect foot positioning on the pedals or using inadequate cycling shoes can lead to ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and other foot-related problems.

Muscle Strains and Tears

Pushing too hard or inadequate warm-up can lead to muscle strains or tears.

Dehydration and Heat-Related Illnesses

Long rides in hot weather without adequate hydration can cause heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

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At Home Treatment Options

Here are some at-home exercises that can help prevent cycling injuries

Quad Strengthening (Leg Extensions)
  • Sit on a chair with your back straight and feet flat on the floor
  • Extend one leg straight out in front of you, keeping it parallel to the floor
  • Hold for a few seconds, then slowly lower the leg back down
  • Repeat for 10-15 repetitions on each leg
  • This exercise helps strengthen the quadriceps, which are crucial for cycling power
Glute Bridges
  • Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor
  • Lift your hips off the ground, squeezing your glutes at the top
  • Lower your hips back down to the starting position
  • Perform 2 sets of 15-20 repetitions
  • Glute bridges help improve glute strength, which supports overall cycling stability
Core Exercises (Planks)
  • Get into a plank position with your forearms on the ground, and your body forming a straight line from head to heels
  • Hold the plank for 30 seconds to 1 minute, engaging your core muscles
  • Rest and repeat for 3-4 sets
  • A strong core helps maintain proper cycling posture and reduces strain on the lower back
Shoulder Mobility (Arm Circles)
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and arms extended to the sides
  • Make small circles with your arms, gradually increasing the size of the circles
  • Perform 2 sets of 20 circles in each direction
  • This exercise helps improve shoulder mobility and reduces tension in the neck and shoulders while cycling
Hamstring Stretches
  • Sit on the floor with one leg extended straight and the other bent, foot against your inner thigh
  • Lean forward from your hips, reaching toward your extended foot
  • Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds, then switch legs. Perform 2-3 sets on each leg
  • Stretching the hamstrings helps prevent knee and lower back pain during cycling
Calf Raises
  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart
  • Rise up onto your toes, lifting your heels off the ground
  • Slowly lower your heels back down
  • Do 2 sets of 15-20 repetitions
  • Calf raises strengthen the calf muscles, crucial for pedaling efficiency


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“I used the Horsham Sports Injury Clinic throughout my time in Formula 1. In what is a very physically demanding sport, they ensured I was always in perfect condition every time I got in the car. I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work and continued support.”
“The exceptional team at the Horsham Sports Injury Clinic utilised a combination of cutting-edge techniques, advanced therapies, and state-of-the-art equipment to accelerate my recovery. The personalised approach they adopted ensured that every aspect of my injury was addressed.”
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