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A 40-year-old member asked:

Triathlete in training accident. concussion. broken bone in face. should i plan on doing any more cycling?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Individual: Bicycling is a lot more dangerous than it seems, but it is overall an extremely gratifying and rewarding sport. If you can get yourself back on the bicycle, by all means try. The risk is there, but so is the reward!
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Conccusion: Make sure you are not having conclusion symptoms. For example, confusion, forgetfulness, clumsiness, unusual or recurrent headaches. If in doubt, please, consult with your doctor.
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu commented
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Thank you Dr. Irizarry! Certainly the patient must not return to bicycling until all concussion symptoms have resolved!
Apr 2, 2012
Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Depends where it is: It all depends on where and how severe the fracture is. If you need surgery then further training is out until the bone heals in 6-8 weeks. If you have a "minor" fracture and injure it again in training then it might become a major problem. Use common sense and get advice from a facial plastic or maxillofacial surgeon.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Heal well first: Heal up first, then think about the value cycling / triathlon has for you.Then weigh this against risk factors and potential losses if accidents occur.Then weight these against your other priorities and values and loved ones in your life. Only you can determine the best choice for you.My knee jerk response as a triathlete may differ from that as a coach and a parent. Cycling /competitive?Good Luck
Last updated Feb 9, 2017


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