Lin Zhao, MD, MPH; Margaret Nolan, MD, MS; Patrick L. Remington, MD, MPH
Background: This study aimed to assess the incidence of and risk factors for mountain bike injuries among users of a local mountain bike trail system.
Methods: An email survey was sent to 1,800 member households, and 410 (23%) responded. Exact Poisson test was used to calculate rate ratios, and a generalized linear model was used for multivariate analysis.
Results: The injury incidence rate was 3.6 injuries per 1,000 person-hours of riding, with beginners at a significantly higher risk compared to advanced riders (rate ratio = 2.6, 95% CI, 1.4-4.4). However, only 0.4% of beginners required medical attention, compared to 3% of advanced riders.
Conclusions: More injuries occur among beginning riders, but the injuries are more severe with experienced riders, suggesting higher risk-taking or less attention to safety measures.