Mountain Biking Injury 越野單車創傷

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   By Outdoor Doctor (Doctor) on Sunday, June 23, 2002 - 8:00 pm:  Edit

Recently, an article on mountain biking injury was published in the medical journal "Sports Medicine" 2002;32(8):523-37 by Kronisch RL, Pfeiffer RP.

It reviews the available articles regarding injuries in mountain bicyclists. The abstract is as below:

Mountain biking remains popular, particularly among young males.

Recreational riders comprise the largest segment of participants.

Most mountain bikers reported a history of previous injuries.

The most common mechanism of injury involves a forward fall over the handlebars, usually while riding downhill, which can result in direct injury to the head, the body and arms. A variety of factors can be associated with this type of fall, including trail surface irregularities, mechanical failures of the bicycle and loss of control.

Minor injuries such as an abrasion or bruising occur frequently, but are usually of little consequence.

Fractures usually involve the body or arms, and shoulder injuries are common.

Head and face injuries are not always prevented by current helmet designs.

Death is rare but has been reported.

Improvements in safety equipment, rider training and racecourse design are suggested injury prevention methods.

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