[Median nerve lesions at wrist in cyclists]

Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi (Taipei). 1991 Aug;48(2):121-4.
[Article in Chinese]


The purpose of this study is to detect the median nerve lesions at wrist in professional cyclists. Totally 14 national representative cyclists were included. Each subject was questionnaired and asked to draw their site of hand discomfort, followed by hand grip power test with grasp, lateral pinch and palmar pinch. A control group of 30 medical students were also tested for grip power. Electrodiagnostic examination of bilateral median nerves was then done on every cyclist, including motor and sensory nerve conduction studies, and needle EMG on abductor pollicis brevis and other associated muscles. Of the 28 hands in 14 cyclists, 7 in 4 subjects had neurologic symptoms related to median nerve, and 5 in 4 subjects had abnormal electrodiagnostic examinations. The grip power was significantly better in cyclists than in control. The prevalence of median nerve lesions at wrist in cyclists, although usually mild, was substantially higher than expected. Electrodiagnosis can be used as a sensitive detector for neuropathy even at subclinical stage. It is suggested that cyclists and trainers should be aware of the median nerve lesion during cycling and training in order to take early preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bicycling / injuries*
  • Electromyography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Median Nerve / injuries*
  • Neural Conduction
  • Wrist / innervation
  • Wrist Injuries / physiopathology*