Monday June 18, 2018

Cycling responsible for maximum fractures in males: Study

The incidence of injuries in males was 1.7 times higher for neck sprains and 3.6 times greater for fractures when compared to females

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Cycling causes most fractures in men. VOA
Most fractures in men are caused by cycling. VOA
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  • Cycling is healthy
  • But it also causes maximum fractures in males
  • The most common injury is spinal injury

While regular cycling has been associated with various health benefits, including a healthy heart, bones as well as decrease in body fat, a new study has shown that the recreational sport is the number one cause of cervical fractures in men.

The findings showed that sporting-related cervical fractures increased by 35 per cent from 2000 to 2015, mainly due to an increase in cycling-related injuries.

Cycling causes maximum fractures in men.
Cycling causes maximum fractures in men.

Men experienced the most fractures due to cycling, while the most common cause of fractures in women was horseback riding.

“Cervical spine injury is a substantial cause of morbidity and mortality, and, as far as injuries go, one of the more devastating injuries that we as orthopaedic surgeons can treat,” said lead author J. Mason DePasse, from the Brown University in Rhode Island, US.

“Our study showed that cycling is the number one cause of neck fractures, which suggests we may need to investigate this in terms of safety,” DePasse added.

For the study, the team examined 50,000 patient cases in the national database to estimate the sex-specific incidence of cervical spine injuries in sporting activities and to identify the activities most commonly associated with neck sprains and cervical fractures.

The study authors identified 27,546 patients who sustained a neck injury during a sporting activity. Overall, the number of neck sprains decreased by 33 per cent from 2000 to 2015; however, sprains sustained during weightlifting and aerobic exercise increased 66 per cent.

Cycling is a very healthy exercise yet it can be harmful if not done properly. Pixabay
Cycling is a very healthy exercise yet it can be harmful if not done properly. Pixabay

Sporting-related cervical fractures increased by 30 per cent in that time period, which was driven in part by a 300 per cent increase in cycling-related injuries.

The incidence of injuries in males was 1.7 times higher for neck sprains and 3.6 times greater for fractures when compared to females. The findings were presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in New Orleans. IANS

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Green Smoothies Good For Health, But Not For Teeth

The colour in foods comes from chromogens, highly pigmented molecules which easily adhere to tooth enamel, reports femalefirst.co.uk

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Green Smoothies Good For Health, But Not For Teeth
Green Smoothies Good For Health, But Not For Teeth. Pixabay

Consuming green vegetables is the best way to stay healthy and the current trend for green smoothies can be called a great help too, but it could dull your smile as it stains teeth.

The colour in foods comes from chromogens, highly pigmented molecules which easily adhere to tooth enamel, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

The staining action is increased if food high in chromogens are combined with tannins, found in citrus foods and legumes as well as tea and coffee, as tannins boost chromogens’ ability to stick to the enamel.

Green Smoothie.
Green Smoothie. Pixabay

However, you don’t have to sacrifice your morning green boost to keep your teeth gleaming. One just needs to keep in mind a few steps to take care of teeth soon after having green smoothies.

* To further prevent staining, drink your smoothie through a straw, minimising contact with teeth.

Also Read: How to Detox in Healthy Way

* Don’t mix chromogens and tannins, so omit citrus fruit from your smoothie mix.

* Brush three times daily as it can help in keeping the shine of teeth intact. (Bollywood Country)

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