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Cyclists! Medical investigators need your help with an online survey that will provide researchers with detailed information about cycling health and injuries. “While there are reams of data on children and helmets, and great information demonstrating the risk of intoxication and bicycle riding, little exists on those who ride their bikes for fitness, fun, competition, commuting or as messengers,” notes Principal Investigator Mark Greve, MD.
The “Cyclist Health and Injury Survey” will create a more complete picture of active cyclists, how often they ride, how their health is affected by cycling and the types of injuries sustained while cycling. “The largest data sets from groups like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lump cycling and pedestrian injuries together. This is an incredible disservice to cyclists since these activities result in very different kinds of injuries,” says Greve.
Researchers from the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital are launching the survey to expand knowledge about cycling-specific injuries and promote safer and healthier cycling. So, let’s help them out, submit a survey, and continue to build the data we need to improve cycling in our community.