Nontraumatic injuries in amateur long distance bicyclists

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All 132 participants in a 500 mile, 8 day bicycle tour were surveyed by questionnaire to characterize the demographics and bicycling experience of the riders, and to determine the frequency and severity of non-traumatic injuries they experienced. Riders who developed significant symptoms were interviewed and/or examined. Eighty-six percent of ride participants responded to the survey. The average age of the riders was 41.4 years (± 11.7 years). They rode an average of 95.8 miles per week on a routine basis, but the majority were new to long distance touring. Most were healthy, but 5% had serious cardiovascular disease and bicycled as part of a rehabilitation program. The most common nontraumatic injury was buttocks pain (experienced by 32.8% of riders); four had skin ulceration of the buttocks. Knee problems occurred in 20.7% of riders; patellar pain syndromes and lateral knee complaints were the most common knee problems. One cyclist withdrew from the tour because of knee pain. Neck-shoulder pain occurred in 20.4% of the riders. Groin numbness and palmar pain or paresthesias each occurred in approximately 10%. Other less common problems were foot and ankle symptoms and sunburn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-192
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume13
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985

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Knee
Pain
Buttocks
Wounds and Injuries
Bicycling
Sunburn
Shoulder Pain
Hypesthesia
Groin
Neck Pain
Paresthesia
Ankle
Foot
Cardiovascular Diseases
Rehabilitation
Demography
Skin
Surveys and Questionnaires

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Nontraumatic injuries in amateur long distance bicyclists. / Weiss, Barry D.

In: American Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 13, No. 3, 1985, p. 187-192.

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