Mountain biking can be dangerous
Mountain bikers are being warned that they are taking part in a dangerous sport. Researchers writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2001; 35(3):197-9) say that many mountain bikers are suffering ruptures of internal organs and head and neck injuries. Arm and leg fractures accounted for one in five of the biking injuries recorded. The study, carried out at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Gloucester, concluded that the popularity of the sport has brought a rising tide of injuries, some of them potentially fatal.
Over a one year period, the orthopaedic trauma unit at the hospital saw 84 victims of off road mountain biking accidents. They were aged between 8 and 71 and most were male. Their injuries ranged from minor bruising and cuts to potentially fatal damage, ncluding spinal cord damage, air and blood trapped in the lung, and kidney loss.
Surgery was required for almost a quarter