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The benefits of anatomical and biomechanical screening of competitve cyclists

  • Dinsdale N
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This article explains why competitive cyclists in search of marginal gains should be comprehensively screened for anatomical and biomechanical abnormalities before Bikefit or positional set-up. Efficient, injury-free cycling is reliant on pedalling symmetry, which is reliant on efficient lower-limb biomechanics, correct foot function, and a stable, level pelvis. The structure and function of the foot dictate how effectively pedal forces are transmitted via the foot/pedal interface down to the cranks, and potentially how deleterious forces are transmitted up the kinetic chain, creating pelvic disruption. Leg- length inequality must be clearly differentiated into anatomical and functional and then addressed appropriately to achieve a successful outcome. Biomechanical problems can be addressed successfully only if they are recognised and diagnosed. Ideally, the screening process should involve a sports medicine therapist with specialist knowledge of cycling biomechanics and foot function. In competition, marginal gains can represent the difference between success and failure

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Dinsdale, N. (2011). The benefits of anatomical and biomechanical screening of competitve cyclists. SportEX Dynamics, (28), 17–20. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.sunderland.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=s3h&AN=60661191&site=eds-live&scope=site

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