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How To Prevent Mountain Bike Injuries
The Most Common Mountain Bike Injuries
The most common mountain bike injuries will happen to the head, neck and back, followed by wrists, shins, knees and elbows. The best way to prevent a mountain bike injury is with mountain bike protective gear. Mountain bike protective gear comes in a variety of styles and levels of protection, depending on where you need to be protected and how much protection you may need.
Mountain bike protective gear for the most vulnerable parts include mountain bike helmets, full face mountain bike helmets and open face mountain bike helmets, neck braces, such as the Leatt brace or Alpinestars neck support brace, and mountain bike upper body armor, back and spine protectors, full back and chest protectors from SixSixOne, spine guards from POC and lower back protectors from Demon Dirt.
Mountain Bike Helmets
Avita Composite XC
A mountain bike helmet is an essential and valuable piece of mountain bike protective gear. Guarding your brain and skull and face, with the full face helmets, from curbs, stumps and rocks or anything else you may encounter when involved in a mountain bike crash.
Elements you need to consider when choosing a mountain bike helmet are determined by the type of mountain biker YOU are! The basics in a mountain bike helmet are covered in the How to Choose a Mountain Bike Helmet section of AllSportProtection's Advice Center, which covers:
Mountain Bike Neck Braces
Mountain bike neck braces are essential for the serious rider. Neck braces like the Leatt Adventure Neck Brace or Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support Brace fit with all full face mountain bike helmets. They are designed to support the neck and head, and protect it from moving too far to one side back or forward in an impact. Mountain bike neck braces stabilize the head protecting the spine and neck from breaks. A valuable piece of mountain bike protective gear that is designed for mountain bike safety in racing dirt jumping and downhill mountain biking.
Mountain Bike Upper Body Armor
Mountain bike upper body armor guards against fractures, sprains and other injuries that may occur to the upper body. Mountain bike upper body armor uses protective material such as EVA foam, d3o (What is D3O?) and hard shell plastic to protect against rocks and trees, these protective materials in mountain bike upper body armor are designed to withstand the force of maximum impacts while mountain bike riding. Be sure and see AllSportProtection's Advice Center section on How to Choose Mountain Bike Upper Body Armor!
Types of Mountain Bike Upper Body Armor:
Mountain Bike Padded Shorts
Womens Flex Force Pro
Evo D3O Bombers
Mountain bike padded shorts are designed to protect the tailbone, sitz bone, coccyx, hips and thighs and act as cushion while you ride or when you fall. The construction and design of mountain bike padded shorts are a tailored fit for men, women and youth sizes. Mountain bike padded shorts come in a variety of protective materials; D3O, EVA and hard shell padded protection.
Check out AllSportProtection's Advice Center on How to Choose Mountain Bike Padded Shorts!
Which the features of mountain bike padded shorts, including:
- Thickness of pads
- Padded short coverage
- Padded shorts materials and construction
Mountain Bike Elbow Pads, Knee Pads & Shin Guards
Street Elbow Pads
Aazis Soft Knee Guards
IPS Shin Guards
Mountain bike protective gear is in the most part self explanatory, especially when you get down to the basics with mountain bike elbow pads, mountain bike knee pads and mountain bike shin guards. The mountain bike shin guards will help against pedal slips and the mountain bike elbow pads and mountain bike knee pads are there for any crash, protecting your joints from skids on concrete, rocks, and dirt.
Check out the AllSportProtection Advice Center section on How to Choose Mountain Bike Elbow Pads, Knee Pads & Shin Guards for more information on what is right for YOU!
Mountain Bike Wrist Braces
Troy Lee Designs
Wrist Wrap Pro
Mountain bike wrist braces offer a little protection but are mainly there for support in the wrists when you ride. They have a hard plastic or metal splint on the back side of the wrist that prevents it from moving too far back causing sprains. The strap, in most all cases Velcro, keeps it tight to the wrist preventing your hand from moving too far to either side, giving maximum support. Mountain bike wrist protection and mountain bike wrist braces come in two designs. A short wrist brace, such as the SixSixOne Wrist Wrap and Wrist Wrap Pro, and a longer brace, the Troy Lee Designs Wrist Protectors, which goes half way up the forearm. The longer brace is designed to distribute the force of an impact from the weaker wrist joint to the forearm, allowing for the wearer to withstand harder impacts in a crash.
Be sure and check the AllSportProtection Advice Center and get the most out of your next mountain bike wrist guard purchase by reviewing our section on How to Choose Mountain Bike Wrist Guards!
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AllSportProtection carries helmets, protective gear and pads for your elbows, knees and shins. We carry cross sport protection for wakeboard, mountain bike, BMX, ski, snowboard, skateboard, roller derby, snowmobiling, inline skate, and longboard.