PKP: SACYC – Designing guidelines for preventing injuries during cycling


Duration of the project:

1. 3. 2017 – 31.7. 2017

Project leader:

Assoc. Prof. Nejc Šarabon (SICRIS, ResearchGate)

Other participants:

Assist. Prof. Borut Fonda (SICRIS)

Project partners:

Znanost v kolesarstvo d.o.o.


Cycling is extremely popular as a recreational activity, professional sport or as a means of transportation. Studies report that more than 40 % of people in the developed world have access to a bicycle and more than 30 % of people ride it at least once a year. In line with the increasing number of riders, the number of injuries resulting from either falls or chronic overloads is also increasing. In cycling, injuries are roughly divided into two groups: 1) traumatic, which are most often the result of falls, and 2) non-traumatic or chronic injuries. Chronic injuries develop over time and the likelihood of recurrence is higher, especially if the cause of the injury has not been eliminated. One of the causes is often a change in pedalling technique that results from glycogen depletion and neuromuscular changes, which is reflected in motor behavior.

During cycling, the movement pattern is mostly controlled by the body posture, which depends on the bicycle geometry. The rider and the bicycle are in physical contact in three places: the handlebars, the seat and the pedals. It is therefore important that the bike is adjusted to allow the human body to move as safely as possible.

»The authors acknowledge the project SACYC is finacially supported by the European Social Fund (80%) and Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (20%).«