Traumatic Bicycling Injuries
Traumatic Injuries Study Report eArticle.
Traumatic Bicycle Injuries in a Masters Club
Results from the San Diego Cyclo-Vets
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Members of the Cyclo-Vets bicycle club, a San Diego based masters
group were surveyed about their experience and opinions concerning traumatic
The club is one of the best established and most successful
racing clubs in the United States. Riders are of varied fitness and skill
levels. Many have joined as non-racers, trained within the club, and have become
National Champions. About half of its members race; about 10% of its members
race more than 15 races per year.
rate was 95%.
survey is based on 81 respondents.
of riders sustained at least one disabling injury, for a total of 1.8 disabling
injuries per rider.
disabling injury rate was 1 per 57,600 miles ridden.
average rider has missed 17.1 days of work due to bicycling injuries.
were 1.4 broken helmets per person.
least 34% of riders sustained a concussion. Only one rider was not wearing a
helmet at the time of injury.
were more than 2.5 incidents per rider requiring physician consultation,
including more than 1.2 broken bones per rider.
rash, or abrasions, occurred approximately 5.7 times per rider studied.
vehicle accidents accounted for 37% of road riding injuries.
serious injury rate for mountain biking was roughly twice that of road riding.
of riders feel that they have had a life-threatening injury.
have been three bicycling-related deaths in the club since it was formed in
Traumatic Injuries Study Final Report.
The results of the survey, analysis, and
Traumatic Injuries, Crude Data
The unanalyzed crude data. Cyclo-Vet
members who wish to correct or add to their responses, may do so by mailing
Traumatic Injuries, Appendix D,
Professional Rider Deaths.
A comprehensive listing of professional riders who
have died racing as well as recent deaths in training.
Traumatic Injuries, Questionnaire.
The questionnaire instrument used in the