Researchers from the La Trobe Rural Health School are investigating the factors that reduce the risk of non-traumatic injury from cycling.
“The 2019 National Cycling Participation Survey found that, every week, around 3.43 million Australians ride bikes for transport or recreation,” says Dr Rodrigo Bini. “Of those people, up to 58% experience pain or injury from cycling.”
Bini and Dr Jayden Hunter are now examining bike fittings and the training regimes of cyclists to identify the contribution of each element to the risk of injury.
“We are working with participants to assess their body position on the bike, their bike fittings and settings, and their individual strength and flexibility,” explains Bini. “A video consult is supplemented by a set of take-home tests that determine their fitness level and riding position.”
“We then provide participants with an individualised report, offering advice on everything from seat height to training tips.”
Data collected from the study will provide insight into how we can cycle sustainably, reduce the risk of non-traumatic injury, and promote health and wellbeing.
“In the COVID-normal world, people may want alternatives to public transport,” says Bini. “We hope that by providing front-end assessment on cycling, we can help to make this form of transportation more accessible to all.”
Would you like to participate in the study? They are now recruiting for the face-to-face component of the study. Contact Dr Rodrigo Bini for more information.