5 Tips for Cyclists on How to Avoid Injury
The Cycling Ireland team has shared their 5 top tips on how to avoid injury. Cycling Ireland is the Governing Body for cycling across the island of Ireland and is partnered with Kinetica.
1. Training Load
Manage your training load, gradually increasing the volume and intensity of training. Large increases in weekly training volume, intensity, or both, dramatically increase injury risk.
2. Bike Fit
Getting a professional bike fit is one of the most overlooked steps when buying a new bike, but it is one of the most important. If you want to ride comfortably and pain-free a proper bike fit is a must.
Sleep gives the body a chance to repair and regenerate from the day – muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones need this time to recover to help prevent overuse injuries. Aim for 8 hours per night, more if you’re in a heavy training block.
Your body needs protein to help build and repair muscles and other body tissues. On finishing any ride longer than 90 minutes, the priority is to take on some quality protein as soon as possible. A short time later you should eat a balanced meal.
5. Strength & Conditioning
A Strength & Conditioning programme can address muscle imbalances and weak areas which can lead to injuries.
#TeamKinetica Top Tip: make sure you maximise your visibility on your bike! Wear bright, reflective clothing and have lights fitted on your bike, front and back, for safe cycling in all conditions.
Now that we have walked through how to avoid injury, with the help of Cycling Ireland, we want to see you, our Kinetica community, flourish! Tag us on Instagram @Kinetica_Sports so we can see your recovery and your overall performance progress. What works best for you? Let us know!
If you are struggling with a recurring injury, we recommend that you visit a GP for professional medical advice.