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Spinal Injury Awareness Month: Cycling Injuries


Columbia, South Carolina - Cycling is a fun and healthy way to get around. Whether you are riding a bike for recreation, competition, or transportation, it’s good to be aware of the risks for potential injury. According to recent studies published in The Surgeon and the North American Spine Society Journal, bicycle related trauma is on the rise. This includes spinal trauma, the majority being injuries to the cervical spine (neck).

  • According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 188 spinal cord injuries were caused by bicycling in 2015.
  • Cyclists aged 15-20 years have the highest rate of suspected serious crash injuries compared to other age groups. However, the median age of patients with bicycle-related CSIs (cervical spine injury) is 50 years old.
  • Wear a helmet! Although a helmet may not prevent a CSI, it will minimize other injuries and significantly reduce the risk of suffering a traumatic head or brain injury.
  • Be vigilant and be seen when cycling, wear high-visibility/reflective clothing.
  • When cycling during low light conditions, illuminate front (white light) and rear (red light) safety lights at all times.
  • Follow all road and traffic laws, particularly in urban areas where motor vehicle traffic is high.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when cycling!
Wear bright colored reflective clothing and helmets when cycling for safety.Photo By Gavin Anderson, Bagneres de bigorre, Australia - Tour de France 2022 Day 17, CC BY-SA 2

Fallen Giant

Shawn Bradley is a former NBA player who sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of a bicycling accident. He was riding his custom Trek bicycle when he was struck from behind by a passing vehicle. Click here to hear more about his story and his determination to remain positive post injury.

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