Urological Issues in Cyclists
The benefits of exercise have been known since antiquity as Marcus Cicero, around 65 BC, stated: â€˜It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigorâ€™. Exercise has been regarded as a universal remedy for psychological and physical wellbeing. The demand and practice of physical and sport activities have greatly increased during the past few decades among both men and women due to the proven health benefits. Simultaneously, there has been a rapid increase in both participating in competitive sports as well as pursuing it as a professional career. This has led to the question as to what is the right amount to promote the beneficial effects and not have undesired side effects.
Cycling is one of the common Recreational as well as competitive sports. May studies recently have begun highlighting some of the problems that could be associated with prolonged cycling? As far as we Urologists are concerned, the main problems appear to be on its effects on Fertility and Erectile dysfunction and occasionally its effect on Urethra and Bladder. I am providing you an article by J Peabody et al (2020 to be published in J Clinical urology) on â€˜Urological issues in Cyclistsâ€™.
On previous occasion, when we were with Uroeducation in Yahoogroups, I had provided two links on issues with cyclists on male infertility and erectile dysfunction.
I am sure these articles will also enable us to understand the problems, however infrequent that maybe. Better.
I am hopeful that this topic will instill some discussion.
With warm regards,