Bike Injuries On The Rise – Adults Over 45

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Adults beware, you are now at risk on a bike ? If you are a 45 yr or older male or you love to ride your bike fast in heavy traffic… You are statistically at risk – may be the red sports car would have been a safer choice for your mid-life crisis!

Overall injuries and hospitalizations have increased since the late 1990s, but the biggest spike is an increase in the proportion of injured riders over age 45, said urologist Benjamin Breyer, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. Breyer said he and his colleagues became curious about cycling injuries after seeing many men coming in for surgery for such injuries as urethral damage  after bike accidents. They looked at data routinely collected by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from about 100 emergency rooms nationwide.

A well-documented increase in adult bike riding, for sport, fun and commuting, likely explains many of the findings, Breyer said. The biggest increases in bike riding are among middle-aged men, he said. That older people are more prone to serious injury may explain the even bigger jump in hospitalizations, he said. He and his colleagues also cite reported increases in high-speed sport biking as a contributing factor. Via

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