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Interesting MB findings…

So, safety should always be taken into consideration when you head into the woods with a grin on your face and a ‘who cares’ attitude to do this:

feature photo courtesy of  andy_c

Since their introduction in the late 1970s, off-road bicycles – commonly known as mountain bikes – have become increasingly popular worldwide:

  • There are currently an estimated 10 million mountain bikers in the United States. As the popularity of off-road cycling has increased, so has the interest in, and level of participation in, the competitive aspects of the sport
  • Bicycle injuries are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and account for about 500,000 visits per year to emergency departments, with estimated annual economic costs of more than $1 billion
  • Cyclists are in contact with their bicycles at the pedals, seats, and handlebars, each being associated with particular injuries
  • Comparisons between on- and off-road cycling events indicate that more off-road cyclists sustain fractures, dislocations, and concussions than their on-road counterparts
  • It is, above all, off-road biking that causes repeated, chronic microtrauma of the perineum secondary to shocks and vibration of the saddle from the rough terrain

These gloomy facts were gleaned from radiology.rsna.org

 

 

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