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Cutting off the nose to save the penis.

Authors
Schrader-S; Breitenstein-M; Lowe-B
Source
J Androl 2008 Mar/Apr; 29(S):30
NIOSHTIC No.
20033810
Abstract
Introduction and Objectives: The average bicycle police officer spends over 25 hours a week on his bicycle and previous studies have shown riding a bicycle with a traditional saddle has been associated with urogenital paresthesia and sexual dysfunction. The objectives of this study were to assess the effectiveness of the no-nose bicycle saddle to mitigate these health issues among male bicycling police officers and to assess their use and acceptance of this alternative saddle. Methods: Bicycle police officers from 5 metropolitan areas were recruited for this study. Participants completed the following measures prior to adopting the no-nose saddle and after riding with a no-nose saddle exclusively for 6 months: 1. the International Index of Erectile Function Questionnaire (IIEF); 2. computerized pressure measurements at the points 01 contact on the bicycle. handlebars, pedals, and saddle; 3. one night of Rigiscan assessment; and 4. penile neurological function assessed by computerized biothesiometry. Officers selected a no-nose saddle for their bicycles and were asked to use this saddle for 6 months, at which point they were retested. Results: After 6 months, 90 men were reassessed. Only three of these officers had returned to B traditional saddle. The results are presented for those who used the no-nose saddle continuously for 6 months. A 66% reduction in saddle contact pressure in the perineal region (p
Keywords
Police-officers; Emergency-responders; Bicycles; Ergonomics; Urogenital-system-disorders; Men; Humans
CODEN
JOAND3
Publication Date
20080301
Document Type
Abstract
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0196-3635
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Manufacturing
Source Name
Journal of Andrology
State
OH
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