When it comes to activities that are easy on our joints, cycling is near the top of the list. And without the inherent risks that come with riding a bike that actually travels on terrain, indoor cycling is definitely one of most gentle-on-the joints activities available to us.
But the potential for injury does exist in cycling, and our knees are particularly vulnerable to injury when we don’t use some common sense in our indoor classes. Fortunately, most cycling injuries are preventable. To help us understand how to protect your knees from pain and injury, we consulted with Peter Donaldson, MD, of Michigan Orthopedic Institute in Southeast Michigan. Dr. Donaldson is board certified in sports medicine and emergency medicine, and specializes in sports-related injuries. He sees athletes and active individuals of all ages. We’re thrilled that he agreed to consult with us for this article.
Set up for Safety
The three most important considerations in injury prevention are bike setup, bike setup, and bike setup.
More about Dr. Donaldson
Dr. Donaldson has worked as a United States Team Physician for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England; the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico; and the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs and Lake Placid, New York, serves as a physician for USA Hockey, and has worked with the under-20 U.S. men’s national team and the gold medal–winning 2010 sled hockey team. http://www.moimd.com/Physicians/PeterDonaldsonMD.aspx