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AMAZING article on Bike Set-up for injury prevention:


Introducing Sean Fyfe:

Sean Fyfe is a

physiotherapist, tennis coach and director of TFP (Tennis Fitness

Physio), a Queensland based company specialising in sports medicine,

elite tennis player development, strength and conditioning and

childhood motor learning programmes

By: Sean Fyfe

In 2003 I was lucky enough to have

the opportunity to venture into the Pyrenees mountain range in the

south of France to witness the penultimate mountain stage of the Tour

de France. It was one of the greatest stages in recent years, when

Lance Armstrong fell off his bike in the final ascent only to remount,

attack and put the winning time on Jan Ullrich to clinch his fifth

consecutive tour victory. I had watched the tour on TV before, but it

wasn?t until I was on the mountain that I could grasp the passion and

fanaticism surrounding the sport of cycling. Injury to any cyclist with

even the smallest amount of the commitment I saw on the mountain that

memorable day would be devastating.

Fortunately, in the sports injury

world cycling is more often a benign force than a cause of trouble.

Because it is low impact, it provides many people who otherwise would

struggle to perform regular exercise with the chance to stay healthy

and active. Among recreational and competitive cyclists, compared to

high impact sports such as road running, the rate of injury is

favourable and injuries are often easier to prevent and address.

Nevertheless, clinicians should

have a clear appreciation of the sport?s biomechanics and in particular

how bike set-up relates to injury. It can often be something as simple

as a small change in bike or shoe set-up that is the direct cause of

an injury, so unless this is accounted for during assessment and

management, the injury will never be properly resolved.



morewoodkid2010-05-10 02:59:24

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