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.
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 goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect your performance. Jay wrote a book on running gait assessments: he is author of “Anatomy for Runners”, writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes. Originally from New Orleans LA, Jay completed the Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center and is a Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Jay has had an active research career, and consults for numerous footwear companies, the US Air Force and USA Track and Field. His research focus on footwear and the causative factors driving overuse injury continues at Rebound, and provides his patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success. In addition to his clinical distinction, Jay is a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation, and certified Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. He has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists.
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.
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.
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.