Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The bar sinister: Does handlebar level affect saddle pressures in female cyclists?
by Partin, Sarah Nicole, M.S.P.H., The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, 2011, 34; 1491795
Abstract (Summary)

Introduction. Bicycle riding is associated with genital neuropathies. Sparse information exists concerning females. This study assesses the effects of cycling attributes on saddle pressures (SP) and genital sensation (GS) among female cyclists.

Methods. Health, cycling and biometric information from 48 women cyclists were evaluated. Linear regression was used to evaluate GS and SP as outcomes and handlebar level as the primary predictor variable.

Results. Low handlebars positively correlate with increased perineum SP and decreased anterior vaginal and left labial GS (p <0.05). Low handlebars were not associated with total SP or GS in other areas. After adjusting for age and saddle type, low handlebars were associated with a 3.47 kPA increase in mean perineum SP (p<0.04) and a 0.86 micron increase in anterior vagina VT (p<0.01).

Conclusion. Low handlebars are significantly associated with increased perineum SP and decreased GS in females. Modifying bicycle set-up may help alleviate neuropathies in females.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sweeney, Anne M.
Commitee: Connell, Kathleen, Gorman, Dennis M., Guess, Marsha K., Huber, John C.
School: The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
Department: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Epidemiology
Keywords: Bicycle fit, Handlebar level, Pundenda nerve
Publication Number: 1491795
ISBN: 978-1-124-61265-2
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