Adult Biking Injuries Jump 28 Percent

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Hitting the road on two-wheels is a great way to get some exercise.

However, an increasing number of adults riding bikes are getting injured.

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports adult biking injuries jumped 28 percent between 1998 and 2013.

That translates to 123 injured people per 100,000 adults.

Injuries requiring a trip to the hospital increased 120 percent from 5.1 to 11.2 per 100,000 adults.

The largest increase in injuries involves those over 45. It jumped more than 80 percent between 1998 and 2013.

That’s mainly because more adults are riding bikes either for exercise or to commute to work.

Also, an older rider’s injury will likely be more significant than a younger biker.

While it’s impossible to avoid all injuries, experts say safety precautions can help like wearing a helmet and reflective gear, having lights for night riding, and sticking to bike lanes.

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