If an injury or accident has left you disabled, it can be difficult to maintain activities you once loved. Fortunately, cycling allows for a wide range of adaptations and alterations to accommodate disabled riders. There are many exciting technologies that make cycling more accessible. Through our work as bicycle accident and injury lawyers, we have seen many people overcome injuries and disabilities to get back on their bikes. This post provides some basic information for and about disabled cyclists.
How Permanently Disabled Cyclists Can Keep Riding
Permanent conditions such as spinal cord injuries and amputations can be devastating for cyclists and other athletes. However, if you suffer from such a mobility restriction, there may still be a way for you to keep riding! Retrofit brakes for cyclists with only one arm and “holsters” for those with above-knee amputation are two examples of modern accessibility technology. The handcycle can make it possible for people with limited leg mobility to keep riding.
Disabled Sports USA offers more great resources and suggestions for disabled cyclists.
Short-Term Disability: Cycling and Recovery
If your disability is temporary, cycling may be able to help your recovery. Stationary bikes are frequently used in physical therapy, particularly for those recovering from lower limb injuries or surgeries. Cycling is a low-impact activity. It is safe for fragile knees and can help you safely regain strength as you recover. Be sure to start out slow and increase distance and intensity as your capabilities return. The recovery process can be long, but do not risk further injury by pushing yourself too far. Resist frustration if the process is moving slowly — keep things in perspective and appreciate each improvement.
Utah’s Bicycle Lawyers
Our love for cycling and passion for helping accident victims led us to become the Utah Bicycle Lawyers. We are huge fans of cycling, but we know that it comes with risks. If you are injured in a cycling accident, contact us for a free consultation. If you become permanently disabled, our partners at Summit Disability Law Group can help you receive disability benefits. We will do everything we can to get you back on your feet and back on your bike.