Methods for epidemiological studies in competitive cycling: An extension of the IOC consensus statement on methods for recording and reporting of epidemiological data on injury and illness in sport 2020

Benjamin Clarsen*, Babette M. Pluim, V. ctor Moreno-Pérez, Xavier Bigard, Cheri Blauwet, Juan Del Coso, Javier Courel-Ibáñez, Katharina Grimm, Nigel Jones, Nikki Kolman, Manuel Mateo-March, Luca Pollastri, Cesáreo López-Rodríguez, Raquel Ortolano Ríos, Michael Roshon, J. sus Hoyos Echevarría, Gwenaëlle Madouas, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Jon Patricios, Evert Verhagen

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Abstract

In 2020, the IOC released a consensus statement that provides overall guidelines for the recording and reporting of epidemiological data on injury and illness in sport. Some aspects of this statement need to be further specified on a sport-by-sport basis. To extend the IOC consensus statement on methods for recording and reporting of epidemiological data on injury and illness in sports and to meet the sport-specific requirements of all cycling disciplines regulated by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). A panel of 20 experts, all with experience in cycling or cycling medicine, participated in the drafting of this cycling-specific extension of the IOC consensus statement. In preparation, panel members were sent the IOC consensus statement, the first draft of this manuscript and a list of topics to be discussed. The expert panel met in July 2020 for a 1-day video conference to discuss the manuscript and specific topics. The final manuscript was developed in an iterative process involving all panel members. This paper extends the IOC consensus statement to provide cycling-specific recommendations on health problem definitions, mode of onset, injury mechanisms and circumstances, diagnosis classifications, exposure, study population characteristics and data collection methods. Recommendations apply to all UCI cycling disciplines, for both able-bodied cyclists and para-cyclists. The recommendations presented in this consensus statement will improve the consistency and accuracy of future epidemiological studies of injury and illness in cycling.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberbjsports-2020-103906
JournalBritish journal of sports medicine
Early online date12 May 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 May 2021

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