Competitive cycling, although relatively free from overuse injuries so commonly seen in runners, is characterized by a series of relatively few sport-specific injuries that ranges from minor abrasions to even fatal accidents. The notion that prevention is better than cure applies equally to cycling as to any other sport. In this article the most common cycling injuries will be outlined together with guidelines towards the treatment and prevention of these injuries.
Trauma is not experienced as less important. Even smaller injuries keeps sportsmen from delivering his best. Rehabilitation of the sportsman is aimed at getting him actively back at his sport as soon as possible. A multiple approach is requiered for this.
Injuries to muscles, ligaments and tendons are common in all strenuous sport. They occur mostly when a player is cold or tired. His reactions are then at their slowest especially at the start or finish of the game. Wise precautions are to keep warm in cold weather, in training to wear a track suit, and to spend sufficient time ""warming up"" before any activity.
Terry Fox is dead. Osteogenic sarcoma has had the final, tragic say. The fatal disease that gave us the Canadian of the Year, perhaps of the century, the illness that made this 22-year old immortal, has inevitably taken him from us.