The most common injuries in cycling fit into the over-use category; these are especially common in the knees but can also arise in the ankles, hips, low back, neck and shoulders. A brief list follows:
- Patellofemoral pain or ITB friction syndrome
- Peroneal or Achilles tendinopathy
- Hip impingement
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Lumbar disc irritation
- Shoulder impingement or rotator cuff tendinopathy
- Postural syndromes
Physiotherapists are in a prime position to assess your cycling technique and bike fit as experts in movement analysis and biomechanics. It is also important to have your fit and technique analysed by someone with experience on bikes. In saying this, it is easy to get caught up in the cost of the process and try to complete the process and make changes yourself.
So why should you invest in a cycling assessment?
- There are many areas of a bike that can be adjusted, making it rather difficult for you to complete the task yourself. Sometimes it is worth the extra set of expert eyes.
- It makes financial sense; spending some money on a cycling assessment can save you money in the long term on treatments for injuries sustained from your poor position or
technique on the bike.
- To enhance your longevity in the sport; remember, your body needs to last you for many kilometres to come!
What is involved in a cycling assessment?
- The first step of the assessment is to take a detailed history of your experience on bikes, any prior injuries and your goals on the bike. This will give your physiotherapist an idea of how to fit you on your bike and what requirements you may have.
- Following this they will assess you, as the rider, for flexibility and core strength to determine if there is anything that could impact your comfort on the bike. From this they may give you some stretches or strengthening exercises to supplement your bike fit.
- Lastly the physiotherapist will get you on the bike and analyse both your fit and pedalling technique. This will be completed in a mirrored room and with video footage so that you can see first-hand what changes need to be made and what effect they have.
- Lastly, a follow up appointment will be made in order to determine if anything needs to be changed once you have gone away and trialled your new fit and exercises for a period of time.