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Be seen, be safe

Be seen, be safe

As the days start to close in, it’s time to revisit the reflective wardrobe. A recent study shows that most of us aren’t being seen so we can be safe. Well, it shows that our South Australian comrades aren’t, but I know there are plenty of us all over the country who fall into the invisible category as well. The study focused on commuters, who in my experience are generally more visibility conscious than a lot … Read entire article »

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Drink, drink, drink

Drink, drink, drink

In the midst of the current heatwave that Perth is experiencing, it is worth reminding ourselves of the importance of keeping well hydrated on the bike. Vigorous physical activity in a warm environment is one of the greatest physiological stresses the human body can encounter and the competition between muscle and skin for a limited blood supply can quickly overwhelm the body’s cardiovascular capacity to cope. A sedentary person needs about 2.5 litres of water a … Read entire article »

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Knee injury and saddle height – still no clear answer

Knee injury and saddle height – still no clear answer

Bini, R., Hume, PA, & Croft, JL. (2011). Effects of bicycle saddle height on knee injury risk and cycling performance. Sports Medicine, 41(6), pp 463-76. This article begins by telling us that there is a lot of confusion about the ideal seat height for avoiding knee injury in cyclists, and concludes by saying someone should find out what that ideal height is. However in fairness to the authors, their aim was simply to review the current … Read entire article »

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Headphones a risk for pedestrians

Headphones a risk for pedestrians

The number of US pedestrians who have been killed or badly injured while wearing headphones has tripled in six years, according to a study published on 16 January 2012 in Injury Prevention. it should be noted, however, that the figures are still relatively low – the annual tally rose from 16 in 2004 to 47 in 2011, bringing the total of cases to 116 over this period. The majority of victims were male (68%) and under … Read entire article »

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Fathers play a key role in kids’ health – research

Fathers play a key role in kids’ health – research

Fathers’ eating and exercise habits have a big influence on the choices their children make, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Newcastle (NSW) have been evaluating the ‘Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids’ program which was designed to help overweight fathers lose weight and positively influence the health behaviours of their children. The researchers point out that obesity is a serious public health concern associated with numerous negative health consequence and that it is … Read entire article »

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