Author(s): De Bernardo N, Barrios C, Vera P, Laz C, Hadala M
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Abstract All traumatic and overuse injuries occurring during an average period of 4 years (2002/09) in a group of 51 currently active road top-level cyclists were retrospectively registered through clinical interviews. Average age was 25.8 years. Average training and competition period was 28.3 ± 2.4 h a week. Only 8 cyclists (15.6\%) were completely free from lesions during the period of study. The remaining 43 cyclists suffered a total of 112 lesions; however, 9 out of these were unrelated to their cycling practice. These 103 cycling-related injuries include 50 (48.5\%) traumatic and 53 (51.5\%) overuse injuries. Twenty-eight fractures were reported, the clavicle being the most frequently affected bone (11 cases). The 68.5\% of overuse injuries were located in the lower limbs. Most overuse injuries (89.6\%) occurred during the training period. According to the injury abbreviated scale (AIS), severe lesions were only found in 4 cases (8\% of traumatic injuries). Overall injury rates were 0.50 per racer/year, 2.02 per studied racer, and 0.007 per 1000 km of training and competition. Active professional top-level cyclists are exposed to a high injury risk. According to the scarce previously published data the current study provides relevant information on the injury occurrence of still active top-level road cycling.
This article was published in J Sports Sci
and referenced in Emergency Medicine: Open Access