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Common Cycling Injuries

This post discusses the most common cycling injuries.  The most frequent areas of the body that cyclists report having pain are at the knee and lower back. The latter being the most common and both are well documented from collected data over the last twenty years. Unfortunately, the research into causes of these problems are sparse and often anecdotal.

The very nature of cycling (in particular road cycling) and the pedalling action is repetitive with often long hours in the saddle. Minor discomforts ...

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Achilles & calf strain in runners

Achilles problems are the curse of all athletes, particularly runners. They are usually the most severe of lower limb injuries and result in the most training time lost or even cessation of running. The mechanisms of injury are debatable but are usually due to excessive:

  1. Tensile loading – which is the maximum stress that the tendon/tissue can withstand while being stretched before breaking.
  1. Shearing stress –opposing forces.
  1. Hyperthermia – increase temperature in the tissue.

These are the mechanisms but more relevant to ...

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Why are we still using core stability exercises?

The term ‘core stability’ has been a term that we as physiotherapists have endured for the last 20 years. Back in the 1990’s a small number of medical articles reported that people with chronic low back pain (CLBP) demonstrated changes in onset timing of certain abdominal muscles. Unfortunately, these findings along with anecdotal beliefs about abdominal muscles led to a revolution and a worldwide industry in promoting core stability type exercises. The fundamental assumption was that weak abdominals lead to ...

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Bike fitting, comfort and performance (Matt Withycombe) 

The cycling explosion.

Can you believe it has been a year since the Tour De France touched down in Yorkshire? The legacy of this fantastic event is clear to see with a significant number of people taking up cycling.

As with any increase in sports participation we will experience an influx of patients that are experiencing problems related to that sport. It can be multifactorial from people literally starting a sport from scratch to overtraining at the elite level. More commonly I experience ...

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