Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 20, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford finally discloses nature of 2011 Sky mystery package for Wiggins, yet questions linger; Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson wins Canyon-SRAM contract; Elite racer turned orthopedic surgeon to conduct extensive concussion and injury study among pro, amateur cyclists; Vansummeren on life after racing; Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team suspended for multiple doping positives; MPCC sponsors call for additional commitment to fighting other kinds of cheating; American Owen to skip cyclocross to focus on road; Young Aussie champion Alex Morgan steps away from cycling; Team Sky dines on Norwegian salmon prize at camp; Backlash over New Zealand brewery’s ad promotion with Lance Armstrong; British track sprinter Williamson to return after serious crash; Documentary: ‘From the South UP.’

Elite racer turned orthopedic surgeon to conduct extensive concussion and injury study among pro, amateur cyclists

by Neal Rogers

Professional cycling is behind other sport in regards to concussion injuries, both in terms of a universal protocol but also in established monitoring of athletes in the days and weeks that follow a head injury. One American doctor, Chris Stockburger, intends to change this. And he’s starting with data. Here is an excerpt:

With the aid of Dr. Christopher McAndrew, an orthopedic trauma surgeon, and Amanda Spraggs-Hughes, director of clinical research, Stockburger is launching a yearlong study in 2017 into overuse and traumatic injuries that is both retrospective, investigating past injuries, while also prospective, tracking current injuries via a monthly email survey among professional and elite amateur racers.

“The big picture is that this is something that there’s really no data on,” Stockburger said. “I think rider safety is becoming more and more a topic in pro cycling. The riders are worried about it, the teams worried about it, and in the last year, the governing bodies seem to be getting more involved in trying to improve rider safety. It’s hard to make decisions like that without any real data, The NFL has thousands of research articles into injury rates, and real data to back up safety policies. Cycling has two studies, and neither are particularly helpful. I’d like to help change that.”

The survey is open to competitive men and women who are road cyclists (minimum of Category 4) aged 18 and older; ability to complete the survey in English is required. It can be completed on a smartphone.

“I think it’s a great study to do,” said BMC’s Tejay van Garderen. “There are little to no studies on the effects of cyclist’s crashes. I won’t name the guy, but I can remember a few years ago, at a race, a colleague of mine got a concussion, and he didn’t even tell his team, because he was afraid they would pull him out of the race, and he was on a contract year. So there he was, lining up for another race, a week after a concussion. That’s not safe for anyone, but that’s kind of the state we’re in. You ride hurt, but you don’t ride injured, the saying goes. But where is the line drawn?

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