Cycling is a great form of exercise and can be a fun and practical way of getting around. However, as with any sports there are issues that can arise. Here are some tips on how to avoid common problems.
Cycling requires some muscles to work on holding the body in the optimal position, whilst others are used to generate the power. If you can utilise the correct muscles for stabilisation, power and torque development, you will not only significantly reduce the risk of injury, but also enhance your cycling performance.
External factors such as seat height, saddle width and handle bar orientation are crucial to bike set up. However leg length, ankle range of motion, spinal flexibility and control, muscle strength and control in the glutes and the core muscles are crucial in achieving the correct individualised bike set up. This is where some folks go wrong, the bike set up for an athlete might not be so tolerable for a novice cyclist. The bike AND the cyclist need to be appropriately prepared.
Putting It To The Test
Weaknesses around the lower back, pelvis and hips are usually the major problems contributing to the onset of cycling injuries. The good news is there are various exercises that can address these issues. If you would like to have an assessment with us call us today to see how we can help you keep injury free when cycling.