As a personal injury lawyer that only represents victims of bicycle and motorcycle accidents, I rarely write about the risks of riding, even when there is no collision. This is for several reasons. First, as a general rule, the benefits of exercising/riding far outweigh any of the risks and therefore I urge everyone to ride. This blog will discuss the risks of extreme endurance cycling.
Riding a bike is like a drug; if you do too little you get none of the benefits and if you do too much it can harm you. This blog will be primarily directed to the readers who train hard and often. If you are not one of them, then you can probably stop here. However, if you are one of them please take the information I provide here very seriously. It is not very popular for a doctor to come forward with published articles detailing how exercising too much is harmful. Since most doctors want to encourage everyone to exercise and not frighten those that do. With this being said, I have included a very interesting video (Dr. O’Keefe) and some well written articles on this subject. The main focus is on the long term damage to the heart when you exercise at excessive stress thresholds. In fact the research shows moderate exercise results in healthier hearts and less long term problems.
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.
Andrew Kass – Bicycle Injury Lawyer – Enthusiast
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