A 35-year-old Pune resident participated in a cycling competition, where the riders had to ride the cycles from Pune to Goa.
“After cycling for around 300 kilometres, he did a heavy stretching. After which, he was unable to peddle the cycle, because of the lack of knowledge that he did heavy stretching right after a long hour of cycling. There are many cases of cycling-related injuries being reported, and they are increasing, too,” said Siddharth Hivarekar, Founder of Western State Sports Management, a cycler’s club in Pune.
Cycling has emerged as a new trend for fitness freaks. However, there is a rise in cycling-related injuries as well. Cardiac arrest, spine injuries, lower and upper back related injuries among cyclers are increasing. The riders, in Pune, have arranged different talks by doctors on how to prevent and treat such injuries.
Dr Shailesh Hadgaonkar, a spine surgeon at Sancheti Hospital in Pune, who is also one of the speakers, said, “The more tired the cyclist becomes, the more they mess up with their spine posture. Lower and upper back injuries common among riders.”
“Riders should warm up before and after cycling. Adjustment of handle and seat is crucial. Cardiac and muscle condition should be checked with the doctor. One should always drive on the left side. Before riding, a rider should check that the cycle has a front and backlight and breaks are working fine. Riders should wear fluorescent coloured clothes and helmets. Also, they should go for cycling in a group,” he added.
On May 25, talks of experts have been arranged at Deccan Gymkhana in Pune from 4 pm to 7 pm. The admission is open for all.