Study shows mountain bike injuries on the decline.

There are still 15,000 mountain bike injuries a year.

In a study done by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that mountain-bike injuries had decreased 56%. The study was published in the February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Part of the decrease in injuries was attributed to better design in mountain bikes such as disc brakes and suspension systems.

The most frequent diagnoses were:

· fractures (27 percent)
· soft tissue injuries (24 percent)
· lacerations (21 percent)

The most commonly injured body parts were the:

· upper extremities (27 percent)
· shoulder and clavicle (20 percent)
· the lower extremities (20 percent)

Falls (70 percent) or being thrown off the bike (14 percent) were the most common mechanisms of injury.
The study was titled Mountain Biking–Related Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments in the United States, 1994-2007 by Nicolas G. Nelson, MPH and Lara B. McKenzie, PhD.

See New National Study Finds Mountain Bike-Related Injuries Down 56 Percent

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