Concussion-Like Symptoms After Cycling Crashes

Cycling Crashes and Concussions


Cycling crashes are common among recreational and competitive riders and may result in head and bodily trauma.


A convenience sample of 780 cyclists residing in the United States. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program database from 2001 to 2012, a recreational or sport-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) from cycling was the most common cause in females and the second most common cause in males presenting to an emergency department.

This study compared 77 cyclists self-reporting a head injury (HI group) after their crash with 260 trauma controls (TC group). The HI group more frequently reported experiencing 17 of the 22 symptoms on a commonly used concussion symptom checklist. The HI group described a 4-fold higher incidence of loss of consciousness and memory loss immediately after the crash over the TC group. Based on the research conducted in this study, a standardized concussion assessment would be valuable for cyclists who experience major trauma.

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Journal of Athletic Training by Sarah Rice, PhD; Mary Alexis Iaccarino, MD; Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD; Greg Robidoux, PT; Ross Zafonte, DO; Dana H. Kotler, MD


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