Cycling is likely one of the most popular sports and the most famous bicycle races are followed all over the world. There are more than 1,500 professional riders and more than half a million licensed competitors involved into 186 National Federations and five Continental Confederations. Moreover, several million cycling enthusiasts and more than two billion bicycle users all over the world contribute also to the popularity of cycling.
Many factors contribute to explain the growing popularity of cycling. However, both recreational and competitive cycling are associated with a variety of illnesses and injuries. Several recent papers documented the main features of nontraumatic (i.e. overuse, degenerative) and traumatic injuries (i.e. bicycling crashes involving soft tissues, fractures and concussions) during the several cycling disciplines. Regarding the increased popularity of cycling, physicians must be increasingly aware of the common biking-related injuries, as well as of the major principles of biomechanics, physical training and nutrition applied to cycling.
The present course draft includes didactic sessions that cover the main sports medicine and exercise science issues related to both recreational and competitive cycling, including the several disciplines of road racing, BMX, mountain biking, practiced by women and men.
Scientific Committee (BIGARD Xavier, HUTCHINSON Mark, TOUMI Hechmi)