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Concussions in Biking: Data and Attitudes Amongst Riders

Sports activities concussions are not simply laughed off as getting your bell rung. Nonetheless, data and attitudes about concussions can range enormously throughout totally different sports activities. Let’s check out what cyclists know and suppose.

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A foul crash for Thymen Arensman in la Vuelta a España 2023

I began out biking within the mid-80s within the earliest days of biking helmets, with the almost 900g Bell Biker strapped to my noggin. Since then, biking helmets have improved massively in reducing weights right down to lower than 1/3 whereas enormously enhancing safety, air flow, and appears.

On the similar time, scientific consciousness about head accidents has undergone an identical revolution. Not are concussions or traumatic mind accidents restricted to clear overt trauma like with automotive accidents and precise head accidents. Improved imaging know-how has permitted better insights into what is definitely occurring inside the mind.

Lastly, one other main enchancment is that society is definitely understanding concussions and prepared to speak about it within the open. For instance, I’ve colleagues who’re learning traumatic mind accidents from home violence, the place causes can embrace each head accidents but additionally extreme shaking.

Hurst et al. 2019

In biking, the danger of head accidents and concussions are clearly excessive. Not simply in biking however most different high-speed or danger sports activities (snowboarding, skateboarding), helmets are actually simply one thing that individuals placed on with out a second thought.

However simply because we strap on a helmet, it doesn’t imply that we’re immune from concussions or that we’re totally conversant on their signs and penalties. Due to this fact, I used to be a part of a analysis group that carried out a web-based survey to check what the collective data and attitudes about concussions are amongst cyclists throughout a variety of talents (Hurst et al. 2019). Descriptive research like these are essential as a result of step one in growing countermeasures is to know the problems and gaps that you just’re coping with.

Stephen Cheung exhibiting the best way to put on a helmet with class

Right here was the research design. A shout-out to the Pez readers who participated on this survey in 2018!

  • 1990 responded to the web survey. Notice that racing was NOT a requirement, and the survey was additionally open to help employees (e.g., coaches, administrators, medical help). All disciplines of biking had been permitted.
  • The survey was tailored to biking from the RoCKAS survey initially designed for subject sports activities.
  • Part 1 concerned demographics and concussion incidences. Sections 2-3 involved concussion data, together with 20 questions on potential signs (10 true, 10 false) and 13 data statements. Part 4 consisted of angle questions.

What’s the Rating?

What had been the outcomes from this survey?

  • We had been hoping for a very numerous pattern and we received it. We had at the least 45 individuals from every continent, and riders of all disciplines, racing pursuits, talents, and expertise ranges. For instance, we had ~50% who didn’t race (935) by way of to 101 elite/professionals. In the meantime, round 75% had been athletes with the rest in different biking roles.
  • About 26% of individuals responded that they’ve skilled a proper concussion prognosis. Apparently, 32% reported that they suspected a concussion that wasn’t formally recognized. This represents an enormous hole between suspected and formal prognosis, which ought to be a crimson flag for each higher schooling and insurance policies for acquiring formal medical evaluation. It might additionally symbolize a spot in correct evaluation of concussions.
  • Imply rating for the concussion data index was fairly excessive (25.9 out of max 33). The most typical incorrectly recognized signs had been “sharp burning ache in neck” (true, 39.9% right), “weak point in neck motion” (false, 42.5% right), and “irregular sense of scent” (false, 47.8% right). Essentially the most misidentified statements involved imaging exhibiting direct proof of concussion (false, 44.9% right) and folks with one concussion being extra probably for subsequent ones (true, 72.3% right).
  • By way of attitudes, a big majority (>90%) agreed with statements concerning the: 1) significance of schooling about concussion indicators and signs, 2) data on concussion prevention, and three) not taking part in occasions whereas experiencing concussion signs.
  • Of main concern had been the dangerous behaviours/attitudes which had excessive responses. Notably, 16.3% responded that they continued taking part in a biking occasion even regardless of experiencing concussion signs. Moreover, 18.7% responded that they might cover concussion signs from others to proceed participation.

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Alexander Konychev – Would he cover concussion signs to proceed racing?


The most important spotlight and discovering from our research was that, in a world and numerous group of cyclists, concussion data was typically fairly good. This means that schooling concerning the fundamentals has been effectively achieved.

The place the most important shock got here was that, regardless of data base, the angle in the direction of precise security regarding concussion remains to be missing. It’s a really sharp distinction {that a} very giant majority (91.8%) agreed that it’s essential to discontinue coaching/racing when experiencing concussion signs, 16.3% nonetheless DID proceed, and a fair greater proportion would cover signs to proceed.

Thus, we concluded that the main focus shouldn’t be on simply extra schooling on the basics of concussion, however analyzing the methods whereby there exists incentives to proceed biking even whereas experiencing concussions. That is in fact the rather more tough route than simply extra schooling, and can contain many layers and ranges of stakeholders inside the sport.

Trip protected and have enjoyable!

Concussion for Van Garderen in la Vuelta


Hurst HT, Novak AR, Cheung SS, Atkins S (2019) Data of and attitudes in the direction of concussion in biking: A preliminary research. J Sci Cycl 8:11–17



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