There is more and more emerging evidence on the benefit of musculoskeletal screening in reducing the occurrence and recurrence of injury, both on and off the bike. Typically, recurring ankle, knee, back and shoulder pain can be down to poor movement patterns following ineffective rehabilitation after the initial painful episode. These maladaptive or poor movement patterns along with asymmetries in muscle length/strength are picked up during the screening process. This information is then fed back to the client in an easy to digest format, highlighting the areas that need to be addressed using a corrective exercise programme.
The screening looks at certain foundation movements such as squatting, lunge and shoulder press and also looks at specific movements associated with cycling. The range of movement around your joints and your core control will be measured. Much like the bike fit, video analysis may be used during the movement screening where necessary.
Joint mobility, joint/muscle coordination and muscle endurance will be examined as these factors influence your ability to hold an ideal posture on a bike. Limits in any of these elements can result in postural irregularities. A good posture on a bike requires adequate length in the hamstrings and glutes, thereby allowing the pelvis to sufficiently roll forwards. A forward tilted pelvis will place the back in a more aerodynamic, flatter position. Being aerodynamic on a bike is the most important factor in cycling efficiency. Nearly 80% of your energy goes into forcing the air in front of you out of the way! By making yourself more aerodynamic, you will cycle faster under the same power.
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