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Old 07-08-09, 07:02 AM   #1
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Why Elite Riders are a Dying Breed

The BBC has announced the reason men cannot get pregnant...

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In those who managed more than 186 miles a week on their bikes, the proportion of sperm that was the correct size and shape had fallen to 4%, the point at which men may struggle to conceive without fertility treatment.
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"Elite cyclists 'risk infertility'"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8124458.stm

Apart from the typical pseudo-science blooper, does this research gives cause for concern?
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Old 07-08-09, 07:08 AM   #2
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does this research gives cause for concern?
did they check sperm quality before the subjects became cyclists?
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A sample size of 15 is not science.
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did they check sperm quality before the subjects became cyclists?
Negative; they were Triathletes when recruited.
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Triathletes
well there's your problem. natural selection at work.
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The BBC has announced the reason men cannot get pregnant...
Wait so your saying men cannot get pregnant because we ride bikes? Not because we dont have the right...equipment?
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This is great! Think of all the money I'll save in condoms!
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What if you only manage 185 miles/week? Time to buy the Trojans?
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Wait so your saying men cannot get pregnant because we ride bikes? Not because we dont have the right...equipment?
Conceivably... according to the BBC scientists.
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I would think that Triathletes have it worse than roadies.
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I would think that Triathletes have it worse than roadies.
Well I don't think we need a BBC study to come to that conclusion.
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If that study is as described in the article, their methods are terrible and their conclusions are completely absurd. No mention of any type of control, a sample size of 15. There is no way of knowing if the numbers they came up with are even abnormal.
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Whatever. I actually had my swimmers tested last year and I was off the charts, the gal at the lab called the test results "amazing." So how would the testers explain that?
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you don't ride enough.
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you don't ride enough.
Yeah, I only put in around 184 miles a week so I didn't hit the mark.
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see, there you go
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Negative; they were Triathletes when recruited.
This is a trick study.... gay men cant get preggers


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i think I hear Pete approaching with his banstick
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186 miles = 300 kilometers

For any of you wondering about the odd number.
And for all you lay-people, scientists work in the metric system.
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When I was doing 250+ miles a week I conceived two healthy children. So based on my personal experience, which of course is all that matters, I call this report bunk. Feel free to close the thread.
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I have 2 kids already and i dont want anymore.....I'm going for a 186 mile ride. bbl
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I have 2 kids already and i dont want anymore.....I'm going for a 186 mile ride. bbl
I took care of that the old fashioned way..snip, snip.
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i think I hear Pete approaching with his banstick
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