Photo credit: A SAFER SPIN

NTU students run campaign to raise awareness of spin-related injuries

Titled A Safer Spin, the campaign’s website contains downloadable information cards to help people identify fatigue levels and symptoms of injury.

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Published: 2 February 2023, 10:58 AM

As the popularity of spin classes in Singapore continues to soar, more people find themselves suffering from Spinning-induced Externation Rhabdomyolysis (SER), a condition where the muscles break down due to physical exertion.

This was the issue a group of undergraduates from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) wanted to address through A Safer Spin a campaign designed to raise awareness of SER through encouraging safe spinning.

As part of the campaign, the team has launched a website which provides in-depth information about spin and spin-related injuries in Singapore. 

The information covers a wide range of topics — from how SER can lead to conditions like kidney failure and heart attack to the types of treatments that are available such as an intravenous (IV) drip. 

In addition, the website also contains downloadable cards to help people monitor fatigue levels during a workout and to identify symptoms of injury.

Nicholas Chia, one of the members of the team, highlighted that many people tend to negatively associate spin with SER.

“We’re trying to break that stereotype and avoid fear-mongering by promoting spin as a safe and fun way to get fit. We want people to learn that safety should be practised for all spinning activities,” he explained. 

The content was curated from interviews with spin studios, spin instructors as well as medical professionals, including campaign advisor Dr Jade Chee from the National University Hospital (NUH).

The team also conducted two roadshows at NTU and the National University of Singapore in January where visitors were able to find out about the basics of spinning and sign up for their first spin class. 


The two roadshows at the National University of Singapore and in NTU lasted 3 and 5 days respectively. PHOTO CREDIT: A SAFER SPIN


Those who wish to start spinning and do so in a safe manner can visit A Safer Spin’s website for more information.

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