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An Online Survey of Exercise-Related Headaches Among Cyclists.
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PMID:  23126543     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background.- Primary exertional headache (PEH) is a long-known phenomenon. Divergent prevalences of between 0.2 and 12.3% are reported among the general population. The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence among an athletic population. Method.- A link to an online questionnaire was sent to all participants of a tough cycling event held in The Netherlands. Results.- Four thousand participants filled out the questionnaire. One thousand eight hundred and ten (45%) stated that they had suffered, at least once in their lives, from exercise-related headaches (EHs). Thirty-seven percent (668) of them had those headaches at least once a month and 10% (174) experienced a weekly occurrence. The rate of female cyclists with a history of EHs was 54%. With an increasing age, a decline of EHs was found. Five hundred eighty-one (37%) of the participants used medication for EHs. Conclusions.- An estimation of the prevalence of PEHs among the studied population by comparison to the International Headache Society criteria resulted in a rate of 26%. The lower prevalence among older cyclists could be caused by avoidance of (high-intensity) exercise due to the burden that EH brings along. PEH appears to be quite common among an athletic population and merits further investigation.
Karin van der Ende-Kastelijn; Willem Oerlemans; Simon Goedegebuure
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Headache     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1526-4610     ISO Abbreviation:  Headache     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985091R     Medline TA:  Headache     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 American Headache Society.
From the Department of Sports Medicine, Sint Lucas Andreas Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (K. van der Ende-Kastelijn and S. Goedegebuure); Meander Medical Centre, Amersfoort, The Netherlands (W. Oerlemans).
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