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Bike Hab: Exercises for Biking

presented by Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

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What do you do when the solution to improve a cyclist's pain or performance is more than adjusting the contact points on the bike? While it's important to fit the bike to the rider, its even more critical to fit the rider to the bike. In this course we'll examine how your patient's posture, mobility, stability, and even pedaling technique blend together to impact body stress during cycling. We'll identify clinical goals for rehab in terms of posture and neuromuscular recruitment patterns, and ensure that they are carried over to on-the-bike skills. When your patients see how these strategies directly impact cycling they'll be motivated to close the gap between rehab and return to sport. And from the performance side, optimizing postural alignment and biomechanics will improve cycling economy for less fatigue.

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Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

Jay Dicharry built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia. Through this innovative venture, Jay was able to blend the fields of clinical practice and engineering to better understand and eliminate the cause of overuse injuries in endurance athletes. His unique approach…

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1. Rehab Goals

Cyclists are eager to get back to riding their bikes. You are eager to improve their symptoms. It is critical that your MSK rehab goals account for the demands that cycling places on the body. This course goes beyond fitting the bike, and aims to optimize the cyclist we are putting on the bike.

2. Force, Posture, and Symmetry

The repetitive nature of cycling builds some typical patterns in terms of tissue stress, mobility, and stability. The same slumped posture that most cyclists adopt sitting in their office is the same pattern we see play out on the bike. We’ll identify these faults and help you build a systematic approach to improve them with the end goal of improving positional endurance and pedaling technique under training loads.

3. Bike Hab: Drills

Isolated mobility and stability work within your clinic walls doesn’t transfer to sports-specific skills unless we make it relevant, and cue those same recruitment patterns in the athlete’s sport. Yes, it's possible to do your core training while on the bike. In this chapter, we’ll progress through cycling specific approaches to ensure your exercise progression and cues always go back to concrete changes your patients can feel and demonstrate while on their bikes.

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