OAK Orthopedics Offers 5 Tips for Cycling Safely

In search of safe exercise during COVID-19, many in the area are mountain biking and cycling. As fellowship-trained sports medicine specialists, Dr. Michael Corcoran and Dr. Carey Ellis of OAK Orthopedics are offering experts insights on injury prevention for riders of alleges and skill levels. Patients in need of specialized bone, joint and muscle care can schedule a safe appointment with Dr. Corcoran or Dr. Ellis in Bradley at 400 S. Kennedy Drive, Suite 100, or in Frankfort with Dr. Corcoran at 19552 S. Harlem Ave. For an appointment in Bradley, patients can call (815) 928-8050 or (815) 469-3452 for an appointment in Frankfort. The Immediate Orthopedic Access clinic at the practice’s Bradley and Frankfort offices as well as telemedicine appointments are also available for remote consultations.

“As orthopedic specialists, we’re excited to see our community engaging in outdoor exercise like biking,” says Dr. Corcoran. “This can be great for area residents' mental and physical health, especially as the pandemic continues, but we also want to make sure area cyclists know about the injury prevention and are able to take the necessary precautions.”

With the potential for injury when riding bikes, be sure to follow these safety tips from OAK Orthopedics to stay safe and avoid injury:

  • Dress appropriately. Always wear and buckle your helmet when riding. Wear additional safety gear when mountain biking, including gloves, body armor and appropriate shoes. Additionally, do not wear any loose clothing that could get caught.
  • Pay attention to your bike(s). Make sure your bike is suited to the terrain and fits you. Always supervise children on bike, and do not use your phone or wear headphones when riding. Maintain your brakes, gears and tires turn the lights on your bike at night.
  • Choose your route or trail carefully. Do not ride a trail that exceeds your skill level. If the trail has drops, obstacles or sections beyond your riding ability, walk the trail in those areas.
  • Follow the rules of the road. Follow all city laws for cyclists and ride in the direction of traffic if on the roads or streets. Use a bike lane if there is one and signal any turns you take. 
  • Take outdoor precautions. Don't ride in adverse weather and wear sunscreen out in the sun. Stay hydrated for your ride and pace yourself to avoid exhaustion.

“Those new to cycling as well as those increasing their mileage have an added risk for injury,” says Dr. Ellis. “If you've suffered an injury on the trails or roads, see an orthopedic specialist as soon as you can — visit an ER or urgent care immediately if you hit your head or have any bleeding after a clip or fall that won’t stop.”

To learn more about orthopedic safety or to schedule a safe appointment with Drs. Corcoran or Ellis, call (815) 928-8050 for the Bradley office or for the Frankfort office, call (815) 469-3452.