31 January 2020
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Bike Fit. Body fit. Race fit.
Improve your performance, prevent injury.
Our specialised sports physiotherapists at Perform apply the latest scientific research and their expert sports physiotherapy knowledge to assess your bike fitness.
Cycling performance is the interaction between the cyclist and the bike. When striving to optimise your performance it is essential to address both the bike and body together, whatever your level. Body position while riding can affect ability, efficiency and also influence injury.
Scientific research shows that:
• cyclists commonly train with pain¹
• the most common injuries occur to the knee, lower back², ³, and neck⁴
• a poor lower back position whilst cycling is significantly related to developing lower back pain⁵, ⁶
• a specific strength training programme completed twice a week will improve your cycling performance.⁷
Whether you have an ongoing injury or simply want to prevent one in the future, our specialist physiotherapists have the skills and expertise to assess your bike and body fit together as one package. 2D analysis will be used to examine your biomechanics, on and off the bike, assessing your joint angles, muscle strength and length, movement control and comfort. Appropriate alterations to your bike set up will be made and an individualised exercise programme provided, optimising the efficiency of your pedal stroke.
1 Dahlquist M, Leisz MC et al (2015) The club-level road cyclist: injury, pain, and performance. Clinical Journal Sport Medicine Mar;25(2):88-94
2 Clarsen B, Krosshaug T et al (2010) Overuse injuries in professional road cyclists. American Journal of Sports Medicine Dec;38(12):2494-501
3 De Bernardo N, Barrios C et al (2012) Incidence and risk for traumatic and overuse injuries in top-level road cyclists. Journal of Sports Science 30(10):1047-53
4 Wilber CA, Holland GJ, et al (1995) An epidemiological analysis of overuse injuries among recreational cyclists. International Journal of Sports Medicine Apr;16(3):201-6
5 Van Hoof W, Volkaerts K et al (2012) Comparing lower lumbar kinematics in cyclists with low back pain (flexion pattern) versus asymptomatic controls--field study using a wireless posture monitoring system. Manual Therapy Aug;17(4):312-7
6 Burnett AF, Cornelius MW et al (2004) Spinal kinematics and trunk muscle activity in cyclists: a comparison between healthy controls and non-specific chronic low back pain subjects-a pilot investigation. Manual Therapy Nov;9(4):211-9
7 Rønnestad BR, Hansen EA et al (2010) In-season strength maintenance training increases well-trained cyclists' performance. European Journal of Applied Physiology Dec;110(6):1269-82
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