There are intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for injury. Intrinsic factors are a person’s individual musculoskeletal issues, which can include skeletal immaturity (bones and joints that are still developing) or muscle weakness. Extrinsic factors are the environment in which an athlete performs, which can include the level of competition: how much, how hard and how long play lasts.

Other common risk factors for cycling injuries include

  • Poor warm-up
  • Poor fitting equipment including bike and shoes
  • Poor conditioning
  • Poor technique
  • Not wearing a helmet
  • Riding at too high a level
  • Not obeying traffic laws and regulations
  • Inexperience riding with other bikers

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