Be safe while cycling your way to better bone health

Be safe while cycling your way to better bone health

ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 20, 2016)—There are countless benefits of cycling—from increasing bone and muscle strength and flexibility to improving cardiovascular fitness and mental health. It’s also a pastime that people of every age can enjoy.

May is National Bicycle Safety Awareness Month and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) are championing bicycle safety through their 2016 Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign.

The PSA reminds the public that “riders aren’t always in the right, but they’re always fragile.”
The ad was distributed to more than 8,000 media outlets to help spread awareness and is available for download on the Academy’s website.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 1.3 million cycling injuries were reported in 2015.

Expert Advice
“Wearing proper safety gear and riding an appropriately sized bicycle are just the basics to bicycle safety,” said orthopaedic trauma surgeon and AAOS spokesperson Jeffrey M. Smith, MD. “A step further is for cyclists to follow the rules of the road and for drivers to give them the space they need to ride safely. We hope this message resonates with both cyclists and drivers as both play a role in minimizing injuries.”
 
Road Safety Rules:
  Check Equipment:

 
Other Rider Tips:
  For more information on bicycle safety visit OrthoInfo.org/bikesafety

 

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Contact(s):
Kayee Ip
phone: 847-384-4035
email: ip@aaos.org

Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org