Cycling assessments are important in the prevention of injuries but are useful in improving your efficiency on the bike. There is no other sport that has you connected to your equipment at so many contact points and so getting the fit right is very important. Poor position on the bike can result in back and neck pain, and pre-existing injuries can make it difficult to achieve optimal aerodynamics on the bike. At Spring Physio Gym we have Physiotherapists trained in bike- fit and biomechanical analysis who can identify and address areas needing improvement, then guide you on how to implement this into your home program and on the bike.
At Spring Physio Gym we invite cyclists of all backgrounds to seek our expert advice. Typically, a cycling assessment involves:
- Your physio taking a thorough history of any previous/current injuries, your goals and your training history.
- Discussion of your equipment and past bike-fittings.
- An assessment and measurement of your flexibility, strength and coordination.
On the day of your initial assessment, you will be given some or all of the following:
- Cues/Exercises to improve your mobility and position on the bike. This may include some land-based exercises.
- A cycling plan to reduce the risk of injury or build endurance and strength on the bike.
- Linking in to local services that provide a thorough video assessment of you on the bike and comprehensive bike-fit.
- A management plan for any current injuries that are limiting you getting out there on the bike.
A cycling assessment can be useful for riders who have a wide range of goals, from commuting to work or 3-peaks challenge. Reasons for a cycling assessment may include:
- Experiencing discomfort on the bike through the low back, neck, knees or saddle area.
- You are new to cycling and want to get some advice on technique.
- Training for a specific event and want advice around your training plan.
- Wanting to improve cycling efficiency and performance so you can beat your mates up that hill.