Mountain Biking Facts
As the popularity of mountain biking soars, so do the number of injuries. An estimated 8.6 million cyclists hit the trails in 1998, nearly double the number in 1993.
A 12-month study conducted by Dr. Lee Jeys of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital found that nearly half of the injuries were fractures, particularly to the collarbone and shoulder. Head and neck injuries were also common.
Cyclists are urged to wear protective gear, including a helmet and wrist and knee pads, to reduce the risk of serious injuries.
Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2001; 35, 197-199
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