How Common Are Injuries in Mountain Biking?

Mountain biking is a thrilling and exciting sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. While it can be an exhilarating experience, it can also be dangerous and lead to serious injury.

Injuries are an unfortunate reality of mountain biking and occur more frequently than many people realize.

A study conducted in Australia found that mountain bikers were 2.5 times more likely to suffer from an injury than cyclists who rode on the road. Furthermore, injuries occurred at a rate of 7.2 per 1,000 hours of riding for mountain bikers compared to only 3.7 per 1,000 hours for cyclists on the road.

The most common injuries associated with mountain biking are sprains and strains due to falls or collisions with obstacles such as rocks, trees, or other riders. Other commonly reported injuries include head injuries, broken bones, cuts, bruises and scrapes.

Mountain bikers can reduce their risk of injury by wearing protective gear such as helmets and padding for vulnerable areas such as elbows and knees. Additionally, they should make sure their bike is in good working order before heading out on the trails. Finally, they should ride within their abilities and stay aware of their surroundings.


Injuries are a common occurrence for mountain bikers and occur more often than many people realize. While some risk is unavoidable when participating in this sport, riders can reduce their chances of getting hurt by taking appropriate safety measures such as wearing protective gear and ensuring their bike is in good working order.

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Jennifer Watson