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.
|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|
|Keywords:||Bicycle fit, Handlebar level, Pundenda nerve|
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