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Citation

Roi GS, Tinti R. Accid. Anal. Prev. 2014; 73C: 170-173.

Affiliation

Isokinetic Medical Group, Education & Research Department, Via Casteldebole 8/4, Bologna, 40132, Italy. Electronic address: riccardo.tinti@hotmail.it.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2014, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.aap.2014.08.010

PMID

25240133

Abstract

Requests for medical assistance during an amateur road cycling race, which included 56,700 cyclists over 6 consecutive races between 2006 and 2011, were analysed with the aim of improving injury prevention and medical coverage. Medical assistance was requested by a small percentage of participants (1.7±1.0%), but the actual number seeking assistance was quite high due to the large total number of participants (162±51). 0.17% of all participants did not finish the race for medical reasons. No fatal injuries were recorded. The incidence rate of requests for medical assistance was 0.108/1000km, and the incidence of withdrawal was 0.011/1000km of the race. Of all medical requests, those due to direct trauma caused by falls accounted for 63%, requests for overload injuries accounted for 4% and requests for non-traumatic complaints accounted for 22% of the total; 11% of requests were not classified. Weather conditions may affect the type and the incidence of requests: requests for traumatic injuries increase if raining; requests for heat-related illnesses if hot. Prevention techniques are aimed at guaranteeing and promoting health and safety and should be implemented by both the race organisers and the cyclists.


Language: en

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