Open Access Research Article

An Empirical Analysis of Potential Cyclist Injuries and Cycling Outfit Comforty

YW Teyeme1,2*, B Malengier1, Tamrat Tesfaye2, Maria-Cristina Ciocci3, S Vasile4 and L Van Langenhove1

1Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University, Belgium

2Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology (EiTEX), Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

3Department of Mathematics: Analysis, Logic, and Discrete Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium

4Department of Fashion, Textiles and Wood Technology, University College Ghent, Belgium

Corresponding Author

Received Date: October 31, 2019;  Published Date: November 05, 2019


This study investigated the relationship between pain/injury and training characteristics in cyclists. In addition, ergonomic wear comfort of their garments was investigated. A total of 94 complete questionnaire responses were analyzed. The result indicated that lower back pain was the most prevalent injury causing the highest rates of functional damage and medical attention. The injury level of cyclists was affected by the cluster with elite cyclists reporting pain while cycling. Many cyclists were not very satisfied with the comfort level of their current outfit, 39% of respondents were experienced with different discomfort sensations. The most frequent causes of discomfort were thermal and moisture discomfort sensation related to fabric characteristics. Moreover, design and fit of the garment were considered as cause of discomfort next to thermal discomfort sensation. Therefore, it could be concluded that garments that have good ventilation or breathability and very good fit values were preferred by cyclists. Design, limited choice (availability), appearance/look and quality were the main reason for their brand selection preferences.

Keywords: Cycling; Injury; Pain; Training characteristics; Cycling outfit; Comfort

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