As Biking Booms During COVID-19, Virtua Reconstructive Orthopedics Offers Safety Guidance

Many area residents are taking on mountain biking and cycling as COVID-19 continues in search of a fun, safe way to stay active. Fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeons Dr. Steven Frey and Dr. John Gray of Virtua Reconstructive Orthopedics are offering injury prevention tips for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Patients in need of specialized bone, joint and muscle care are encouraged to call (800) 896-7326 to schedule a safe appointment in Bordentown, Cherry Hill, Medford, Moorestown, Pitman, Sewell, Vineland or Voorhees. Additionally, Virtua Health OrthoExpress orthopedic urgent care is open and accepting walk-ins in Medford at 131 Route 70, Suite 100, and in Pitman at 614 Lambs Road, Suite C.

“At Virtua Reconstructive Orthopedics, we are dedicated to helping our community stay healthy, active and safe” says Dr. Frey. “So we wanted to help riders prepare to ride safely.”

Follow these safety tips from Virtua Reconstructive Orthopedics to stay safe and avoid injury on your ride:

  • Always wear a helmet and proper attire. Make sure your helmet fits and keep it buckled while riding. Wear form-fitting clothing and nothing bulky or loose. When mountain biking, additional gear may be needed, such as pads and specialized shoes.
  • Practice bike vigilance. Maintain your bike's gears and tires as well as the brakes. Always supervise children who are biking. Ride an appropriately sized bike and do not use your phone, adjust electronics or wear headphones while riding.
  • Choose the right trail for you. Trails vary in difficulty, with different ranges and levels of hills, drops and obstacles. Do not ride on trails beyond your skill level, and be alert on trails that are new to you.
  • Be cautious on roads. Ride in the direction of traffic flow and follow all local laws for cyclists, including using a bike lane where you can and signaling all turns.
  • Watch the weather. Do not ride in poor weather conditions and always stay hydrated and wear sun protection as needed. Do not push yourself too hard as this increases your risk for a fall.

“Those new to cycling or even experienced cyclists who are spending more time than usual on a bike have a higher risk of injury,” says Dr. Gray. “If you injure yourself while riding or after a fall, get seen by an orthopedic specialist soon. Go to an emergency room or urgent care immediately if you've hit your head or have bleeding that doesn't stop.”

To learn more about orthopedic safety or to schedule a safe appointment with Drs. Frey or Gray, call (800) 896-7326.