According to the results of a study published online today, cyclists should take care when setting up their bikes to avoid sexual health problems and groin injury.
The study, originally published in the official journal of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, also concluded that there was no connection between cycling and infertility.
According to the study, at some point in their lives male cyclists will encounter numbness or discomfort in the groin area. This tended to accumulate over time, rather than be a sudden, specific injury.
The damage caused lead to erectile dysfunction in cyclists who tended to train for longer periods, with groin injuries unsurprisingly more common in off-road cyclists than road cyclists.
Bike set up is the key to avoiding groin injury, says the study’s author urological surgeon Vinod Nargund from St Bartholomew’s and Homerton Hospitals, London. It is recommended that padded shorts and saddle are used to limit injury, and that your bike is the correct fit and is set-up properly – paying particular attention to saddle design and position.
You can read the full article on the Guardian’s website.