Cycling is a great sport. The low impact nature and the ability to enjoy quality time in the outdoors have lead to it becoming the fastest growing recreational sport in the country.
Despite all the fun and enjoyment cycling provides, there is an inherent risk of pain and injury from what is essentially a repetitive sport.
What Injuries Can You Get Cycling?
When you think of injuries with cycling, the first thing most people turn to are the nasty injuries that occur from high speed falls, such as fractures and dislocations.
However, the most common reason for pain experienced by cyclists are repetitive injuries such as back pain and knee pain. These problems can occur due to muscle tightness or weakness, poor bike setup, or a combination of both.
The good news is, that at Leading Edge Physical Therapy we are experts at looking at your body, and your bike, and making sure you have a good match to prevent these niggling injuries that can keep you off your bike.
What Muscles Do You Use Cycling?
Cycling uses just about every muscle in your legs, with different muscle groups working at different parts of the cycling action.
Muscles involved include:
- Gluteal (Hip) Muscles
- Quadriceps (Thigh) Muscles
- Calf Muscles
- Hamstring Muscles
- Shin Muscles
- Hip Flexors
Your Leading Edge Physio will use a specialised “screening” process to determine any asymetries in these muscle groups that may lead to compensations, and then pain, whilst cycling. They will then provide corrective exercises to address any issues found.
How Should I Setup My Bike?
A proper bike fit from someone that knows the body inside and out is essential to reduce the risk of injury with cycling.
At Leading Edge Physical Therapy we have a proven method for helping fit your body to your bike “like a glove”. We recognise that a comfortable and efficient riding position is vital.
It is important that your bike is properly set-up and adjusted. If your bike is adjusted to suit your particular body size and shape you will then feel more relaxed and will be able to ride longer distances with less effort.
Elements of your bike setup that we will assess include:
- Frame Size
- Crank Length
- Saddle Height
- Saddle Angle
- Stem Height
- Handlebar Reach
- Cleat Position
I Want To Get A Professional Bike Fit – What’s My Next Step?
Forget the cursory service you get at a bike store. Get a custom, professional bike fit as well as an individualised screening of your body that will ensure you have the most comfortable ride available.
Leading Edge has a number of physiotherapists trained in how to fit your bike – simply call our friendly reception staff on (08) 8364 6800 or (08) 8159 1300 and let them know you are after a bike fit. All you need to do is bring your bike, your knicks and shoes and any tools that you may require to adjust the bike during the fit.
And we’ve left the best information to last!
All screenings and bike fits performed by your Leading Edge Physiotherapist are partially claimable on your Private Health Insurance’s extras cover. You don’t get that at a bike store! Ask our staff for more details by calling the numbers above, or your can make an ONLINE ENQUIRY and one of our staff will get back to you really soon.