October 14th was National Ride2Work Day! We think cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit and help save the environment – here are some tips from our physio Katie on how to stay injury free on your bike.

Overuse injuries are very common in cyclists due to factors such as the high number of hours of training, the repetitive motions required for cycling and the interaction between a cyclist and bicycle. The most common overuse cycling injuries include:

  • Knees
  • Hamstrings
  • Hips
  • Backs
  • Shoulder/Neck

Core strength, muscle activation and recruitment, muscle flexibility, and coordination of the athlete are all very important to cycling. Injuries are likely to occur if the bicycle is not appropriately set up for the cyclist. It is important that both of these components are taken into account and addressed when managing or preventing injuries.

Quality bike fit at Activate

Many injuries result from an inappropriate bike fit. Each cyclist is different and will have different levels of strength and flexibility. Cyclists who have existing or previous injuries may no longer fall into the “normal” bike fitting group due to lack of flexibility, strength or compensation due to injury. A physiotherapist is well placed to assess the biomechanics of a cyclist including their range of motion, strength and in diagnosis of an injury. The physiotherapist can then select an appropriate bike fit position for the cyclist.

What does a Bike Fit Involve?

  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Assessment of any pre-existing injuries
  • Measurements
  • Observation of you on your bike whilst it is on a wind trainer

Based on this information changes to your bike setup can be made to allow for an individualised bike fit, tailored to your needs as a cyclist. Our physiotherapist Katie Wiltshire is able to provide this comprehensive bike fit service to match your bike to your body. Book an assessment with her today and get your bike set up to ride to work!

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