In the mid-19th century, the bicycle was becoming a popular form of transportation and recreation; by 2017, there were 66 million cyclists in the US. Cycling is a sport that is enjoyed by people of many ages, fitness and ability levels who share the joy of adventure, speed, and travel. All cyclists also share the pain of falling off the bike, overuse injuries, and other medical consequences. This series, led by a multidisciplinary team of medical experts and cyclists in a wide range of fields, has something for everyone — from bike seats to enduring Ironman.
Meet Dr. Prentice Steffan, chief medical officer for Slipstream Sports, which owns Garmin-Sharp Professional cycling team. He was the first American physician to care for a team of cyclists in the Tour de France.
The Medicine of Cycling series gives an inside look at a day in the life of a world tour cycling team doctor, through Steffan’s experience as the team doctor during the week-long bike race, Paris Nice.
A common injury among many cyclists, and athletes in general, is the concussion. The Medicine of cycling series hears from Eric Freitag, a licensed psychologist and board certified clinical neuropsychologist about the risks and ramifications of concussions.
Freitag co-founded the California Concussion Coalition with the hope of spreading awareness and education about concussions and their proper treatment.
Watch “Concussions and Sports” for Freitag’s expert advice on how to recognize, treat, and understand concussions and the way they affect the brain.
There have been frightful rumors about cycling and urological conditions, particularly one spread in the late 90’s directly attributing erectile dysfunction and male impotency to cycling.
In the latest episode of the Medicine of Cycling series, Dr. Peter Carroll, Chair of the UCSF Department of Urology shares his knowledge with the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine to bust some myths about the urological dangers of riding bikes.
Now they’re not all myths. It is possible to acquire organ damage in falls and collisions with harmful results to the genitalia and kidneys. Carroll explains that most commonly these injuries in men come from the bike seat or the handle bars, while in women most bike injuries are a result of striking the top tube.
Bicycles were first invented for transportation almost 200 years ago, but since then we have created many models of bikes and many modes of cycling, from mountain biking to racing in a velodrome. The Medicine of Cycling series addresses concerns of all types of cyclists, calling on professionals from a diverse array of disciplines to give advice on things from bike safety to finding the right bike for you.
The first episode in the series covers the various injuries that people suffer from riding bicycles and what is the best treatment. Dr. Kristin Wingfield, team physician for EXERGY 2012/16 women’s pro cycling team, visits the UCSF Osher Integrative Center of Medicine to talk about some of the common injuries and treatments cyclists receive.
Some injuries, like those that occur from a fall or collision, are often outside your control, but many injuries arise from intrinsic factors like overuse, personal health, and lack of proper bike knowledge or technique.
Want more on the medicine of cycling? This series is just an introduction to a whole field of science dedicated to keeping cyclists safe. Visit medicineofcycling.com for more information about the group of doctors determined to give cyclists top quality care.
Also, the fourth annual Medicine of Cycling Conference is coming up in Colorado Springs, Colorado September 20-22. There is still time to get early bird registration if you sign up before August 15th!