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Bicycling Injuries Can Cause Impotence, Study Finds : Science File / An exploration of issues and trends affecting science, medicine and the environment

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July 10, 1995| From Times staff and wire reports

More than 200,000 American men are impotent as a result of falls onto the crossbars of bicycles, according to researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine. Such falls account for a full third of all cases of impotence resulting from injuries to the groin, the team reported in the Journal of Urology.

Other sports-related injuries that cause impotence include falls onto gymnastic parallel bars, trampoline springs and the backs of horses, and the impact of water during water ski and powered-ski accidents. The team called for the development of effective protective devices for use during sports and the redesign of bicycles and other hazardous sporting equipment.

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