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Bike racing, recreational riding, impact sport and bone health

By Carmont Michael R

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<p>Abstract</p> <p>Cycling has been shown to confer considerable benefits in terms of health, leading to reductions in death rates principally due to cardiovascular improvements and adaptation.</p> <p>Given the disparity between the benefits of cycling on cardiovascular fitness and previous research finding that cycling may not be beneficial for bone health, Hugo Olmedillas and colleagues performed a systematic review of the literature. They concluded that road cycling does not appear to confer any significant osteogenic benefit. They postulate that the cause of this is that, particularly at a competitive level, riders spend long periods of time in a weight-supported position on the bike.</p> <p>Training programs may be supplemented with impact loading to preserve bone health; however, the small increased risk of soft tissue injury must also be considered.</p> <p>See related commentary <url>http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/10/168</url></p

Topics: cycling, mountain biking, osteoporosis, anterior cruciate ligament, Medicine (General), R5-920, Medicine, R, DOAJ:Medicine (General), DOAJ:Health Sciences
Publisher: BioMed Central
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1186/1741-7015-10-169
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:3ac74fad2f3941168b5fecb9aa0ddf64
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