Call for Abstracts

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Alynn Kakuk

Medicine of Cycling is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for this year’s medical conference to be held September August 22-24, 2014 in Colorado Springs, CO.  If you are a researcher and are interesting in presenting at our conference, we invite you to submit your original research papers now through May 15th, 2014.

We encourage abstract proposals in a variety of areas, however, the abstract must be relevant to cycling medicine.  Both quantitative (including data) and qualitative (program descriptions, educational interventions, etc) are acceptable, but published data cannot be submitted.  Submitted abstracts will be reviewed for relevance and quality, and highly ranked abstracts will be invited to give an oral presentation (limited to 10-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute Q&A).  Some abstracts may be invited to provide a poster presentation.  Research presentations are likely to occur on August 23rd.


The following prizes will be awarded:

Best Abstract: 2014 waived conference fee

Best Student Abstract: 2014 waived conference fee, mentoring by Research Task Force member

The waived conference fee is contingent upon presenting at the conference.



Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words (excluding a single Table or Figure) and should address the following:

  • Objective
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Significance to Cycling Medicine

Please include full author names, degrees and institutional affiliation if applicable.  Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to disclose potential conflicts of interests.



Abstract Submission Deadline:  May 15th, 2014

Abstract Acceptance/Non-acceptance email notifications: June 1st, 2014, if not sooner


Abstracts should be submitted via email to Alynn Kakuk, DPT at

Members of the Research Task Force will be involved in the selection process.


We look forward to your submissions!



Medicine of Cycling Research Task Force

Concussion in Cycling docs now in French, English, Hebrew, Portuguese (soon Italian + Spanish)

Posted on July 12, 2013 by mabramson

The "Concussions in Cycling Consensus Statement 2012" has been translated from the original English into French and Hebrew thanks to the generous contributions of the community. And the Concussions in Cycling Assessment Card has been translated into French, Portuguese, Hebrew and soon will be available in Spanish and Italian.

Thanks so much to Paul T, Tomer G, Fabiano A, Wendy B and Marco B for their contributions!

You can find the documents and all translations on the Guidelines page.

Hotter-N-Hell Hundred Science of Cycling Symposium Aug. 23, 2013 – Free!

Posted on July 9, 2013 by mabramson

Dr. Frank Wyatt is running a free "Science of Cycling" event at Midwestern State University in Witchita Falls, TX in conjunction with the Hotter-N-Hell Hundred ride. It looks to have some great faculty and topics. If you are in town for the HHH, be sure to check it out!

More information can be found at:

2013 Hotter-N-Hell Hundred
Science of Cycling
A Free Symposium

Friday, August 23, 2013
Session 1: 10am-12noon
Session 2: 1pm-3pm

Featured Speakers-Topics
Dr. Keith Williamson: “Dehydration, Hyponatremia and the Limits of Hydration
Dr. Jason Winchester: “Training Considerations for the Hamstrings: Performance, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
Dr. Lawrence Armstrong: “The Human Intestinal Microbiome: Heatstroke, Human Performance and Health”
Dr. Matt Ganio: “Quercetin: The Next Big Supplement?”
Dr. Frank B. Wyatt: “Heart Rate Analysis: Testing and Training”
Ms. Fernanda Winchester: “High Intensity Exercise & Diabetes: Alternative Means to Prevent Hypoglycemia”
Mr. Randy Canivel: “Beyond Chocolate Milk: Enhancing Recovery For “Cyclists”

Bicycling Magazine Article Features MOC’s Concussion Assessment Chart

Posted on June 21, 2013 by mabramson

Bicycling Magazine recently published Bruce Barcott's very well researched article about helmet standards, helmet design and concussion in cycling.  The article features an adaptation (used with permission) of the Medicine of Cycling Concussion Assessment Chart.  An excerpt from the article:

"Bicycle helmets do an outstanding job of keeping our skulls intact in a major crash. But they do almost nothing to prevent concussions and other significant brain injuries—and the very government agency created to protect us is part of the problem. The time has come to demand something safer."


You can read the full article on the Bicycle Magazine website at

Medicine of Cycling Concussion Evaluation & Assessment Cards Now Available in French

Posted on June 14, 2013 by mabramson

Thanks to the efforts of Paul Trégouët, we are now offering the Medicine of Cycling Concussion Evaluation / Assessment Cards in French on our Guidelines page.  This is in addition to our English and Hebrew versions. Full-color printed and laminated versions will be available prior the Tour de France.


If you would like to see the cards translated into another language or would like to coordinate an alternate language translation, please contact us.

New York Times: To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets

Posted on October 2, 2012 by mabramson

Is the importance of city bike usage more important than wearing a helmet?  The New York Times takes a look a bike sharing programs, helmet usage and the adoption of these programs.  The real question is: do the benefits of getting more people on bikes outweigh the risks of not wearing a helmet while doing so?

"In the United States the notion that bike helmets promote health and safety by preventing head injuries is taken as pretty near God’s truth. Un-helmeted cyclists are regarded as irresponsible, like people who smoke. Cities are aggressive in helmet promotion.

"But many European health experts have taken a very different view: Yes, there are studies that show that if you fall off a bicycle at a certain speed and hit your head, a helmet can reduce your risk of serious head injury. But such falls off bikes are rare — exceedingly so in mature urban cycling systems."

Read the full article here.



Nutrition, Facial Injuries, Lower Extremity Conditions in Cycling, and the Female Cyclist headline Day 3 of the 2012 Medicine of Cycling Conference

Posted on August 27, 2012 by mabramson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 26, 2012) Hip injury, sweat rate, cardiac screening, disordered eating, and dental care were just a few of the topics discussed today at the third annual Medicine of Cycling Conference. Medical experts presented a range of diverse topics from their respective fields and, casting the cyclist-as-patient into the spotlight, each presentation exposed medical issues specific to cyclists.

With the help of modern technology, Mark Greve, MD, medical director of Team Type 1, started the day with a check-in from the USA Pro Challenge. He discussed what it's like to be a team physician for a team in a major race. While this year's race was largely uneventful from a team physician perspective, Dr. Greve discussed his medical kit, how often he gets to ride his bike during events (rarely, if ever), and how he manages the language barrier with TT1 athletes from around the world.

Claudette Lajam, MD of New York University Langone Medical Center started off the day with her presentation on Lower Extremity Conditions in Cycling. Dr. Lajam highlighted IT Band Syndrome, hip dysfunction, labral tears, arthritis, and hip arthroplasty, as well as hip impingement and knee problems that affect all ages of the cycling population.

Next up Monique Ryan MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, HFS, brought her decades of experience working with endurance athletes to bear in her talk on Nutrition Strategies Designed for the High Performance Cyclist. In her presentation, Ryan detailed optimal foods for after, during, and before training, plus emphasized the need to jumpstart recovery immediately post training and racing. To support her topic, Ryan cited many studies and literature that examined carbohydrate absorption rates and sweat rates in cyclists to determine optimum intakes of carbohydrates and fluids when training and racing.

Michael Giudici, MD continued with his presentation on Pre-participation Cardiovascular Screening for Competitive Athletes. His talk examined the answer to the question, "What are the causes of sudden death in young competitive athletes, and what can we do to identify them?" and named myocarditis, coronary artery anomalies, and heat stroke effect on the heart as some of the threats to competitive athletes. He concluded with current American Heart Association recommendations for pre-participation cardiovascular screening of competitive athletes.

Gloria Cohen, MD finished off the morning sessions with The Female Cyclist, where she discussed The Female Athlete Triad: Eating Disorders, Amenorrhea and Osteoporosis. In addition, Dr. Cohen pointed out to participants that estimates of disordered eating are unknown, they vary from 4-39 percent; it is still a widely under-reported condition.

The afternoon sessions began with conference organizer, Anna Abramson, MD, announcing the results of a survey-based study of team physicians, team owners and team captains.

Paul Abramson, MD, gave a talk on Integrative Medicine and Cycling, which was followed by a presentation on Evaluation and Field Management of Traumatic Facial Injuries.  Aaron Liddell, MD DMD and John Tannyhill MD DDS drew attention to the many headlines in the cycling media about serious facial crashes in the pro peloton, including facial/head lacerations and mid-face trauma, both of which are some of the hardest things to fix. They also emphasized the importance of dental care, citing a couple top pro racers who were out for a significant portion of season due to wisdom tooth infections.

Margarita Sevilla, MD offered advice on how to prevent deaths in triathlon during her presentation on Triathlon Medicine. Preparedness and education are key, according to Dr. Sevilla. She also added general tips on how to prevent injury, such as core strengthing, proper bike fit, treadmill analysis, incorporating rest, and cross training.

The third annual Medicine of Cycling Conference concluded with a presentation by Matthew Fedoruk, PhD, Science Director of the US Anti-Doping Agency, whose talk on Cycling and Anti-Doping: A Health Professional's Perspective detailed educational efforts to explain the health ramifications of doping in cycling. To help conference participants become better informed, Fedoruk offered attendees many resources for medical practitioners, athletes, and coaches, as well as websites, phone numbers.

Dates for the fourth annual Medicine of Cycling Conference will be forthcoming, please check the website for more information.

Laminated concussion in cycling evaluation quick reference cards now available

Posted on August 21, 2012 by mabramson

The Medicine of Cycling Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force has put together a quick reference card and TBI evaluation flowchart.  We had 500 printed up and laminated.  These are going to attendees of the 2012 Medicine of Cycling Conference and we will be distributing several hundred via the USA Cycling Coaching Summit to be held this fall.  They will also be available via our website shortly.

Concussion in Cycling Evaluation Flowchart Laminated Card (side 1)

Concussion in Cycling Evaluation Flowchart Laminated Card (side 1)

Medicine of Cycling Founders Present Poster at UCSF Education Day

Posted on May 2, 2012 by hwoodhull

Anna Abramson, MD at UCSF Education Day

Founders of Medicine of Cycling Conference, Drs. Anna Abramson, James Watkins, and Mr. Mark Abramson, presented a poster for UCSF Education Day describing their curricular planning structure for their work in cycling medical education.

Dr. Anna Abramson and 2012 Concussion Guidelines Featured in VeloNews Article

Posted on April 26, 2012 by mabramson

VeloNews' Mark Johnson just published a detailed article about head injuries and the work that Medicine of Cycling and USA Cycling have done towards improving concussion management in cycling. It also features MoC Concussion Task Force member Dr. Kristin Wingfield:

Kristin Wingfield, the physician for the Exergy-Twenty12 professional women’s team, explained that cycling is particularly unique when it comes to concussion management in that, unlike other sports, “there is no time out; there are no player substitutions.” Yet putting a rider who has suffered a concussion back into a race can be both harmful to the rider, who may be suffering loss of balance and cognitive function, and the riders around who are depending on her to hold a line, stay upright and exercise sound judgment when diving into corners and sprinting for the finish.

You can read the full article on Velonews' site: