Over 80 million Americans enjoy cycling because it's an environmentally efficient way to get around, a great form of exercise and a fun activity for the whole family. However, orthopaedic surgeons urge riders to take extra precaution, as it is one of the simplest activities that can lead to broken bones and severe traumas.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 1.3 million cycling injuries were reported in 2015.
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As the physicians who treat injuries related to bicycling trauma, orthopaedic surgeons stress safety!
Riders should always
- Wear a helmet.
- Follow the rules of the road.
- Ride defensively.
- Avoid distracted cycling.
- Take extra precautions while bicycling at night.
- Avoid drugs or alcohol.
- Be prepared for unexpected road conditions.
- Maintain your bicycle.
- Dress appropriately.
- Supervise younger riders at all times.
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