Free injury prevention seminar for cyclists
Cycling related pain
With an increasing number of people cycling there is a proportional increase in people experiencing pain while they are on their bikes!
Factors influencing cycling related pain
During one hour of cycling, a rider may average up to 5,000 pedal revolutions. This repetitive movement can highlight and exploit the smallest imbalance in the positioning of a cyclists body leading to pain.
Poor positioning can lead to overloading various anatomical structures both directly or in directly.
A bike fitting assessment by a qualified professional can address any issues with the mechanical setup of your bike and you on it. This can allow you to be more comfortable; efficient and reduce your risk of injury.
Biomechanics and Muscle Imbalance
Variations in the rider’s anatomy can influence their risk of injury. Issues such as leg length discrepancies can lead to overloading one side of the body as can issues such as Pes Planus (dropped arches) which is implicated as a major predisposing factor for medial knee pain.
Such issues can be addressed with the input of a Podiatrist and the provision of orthotics.
Poor muscle strength and length can also increase the risk of cycling related pain. For example weak medial knee muscles and poor muscular control around the hip can lead to various forms of knee pain. Just as reduced length in the calf muscles can lead to overloading of the Achilles tendon and subsequent Achilles pain.
Biomechanical issues can be highlighted, addressed and resolved with a bike fitting assessment and physiotherapy intervention.
As with all sporting activities, you get out what you put into your cycling! However training incorrectly can lead to various problems. Overuse type injuries are the most common type of non traumatic injuries seen in cyclists. Put simply these injuries arise from overloading various structures in the body (doing more than you are able to cope with at a given time) e.g. a sudden increase in mileage or inadequate rest periods.
Appropriate coaching and analysis of training routines can reduce these sources of risk.
Most cycling related pain and injuries are avoidable with the right early intervention!
If you are interested in learning more why don’t you attend our FREE cyclist’s injury prevention evening on Thurs 21st June 2012 @ Crystal Palace Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre.
Contact us now to book one of the limited places.