You’ve completed the didactic portion of the cycling content, and it’s time to apply these concepts to a hands-on bike fitting. In this course, we’ll work through 2 different patients, one on a traditional road bike fit, and the other on a triathlon bike fitting. We’ll use their athletic goals, symptom history, and body assessment, to deliver an individual fit experience that improves postural alignment, optimizes the neuromuscular recruitment, and comfort on the bike. Throughout this course, we’ll discuss the rationale for each change and intervention to integrate concepts throughout the cycling series, and ensure you can apply them to your unique patients and athletes.
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.
In this chapter Jay Dicharry performs a bike fit for a road bike with a female athlete. Follow this case study to better understand bike fitting for an athlete working toward competing in a triathlon for the first time.
The second case study shows a bike fit for a time trial bike with an elite male athlete. This case study provides insights into the special considerations for a serious athlete looking for optimal efficiency.
In this chapter, we’ll show you how to correctly document the changes you’ve made in contact points. This should be saved to have a record of your fit so that the patient can re-check their fit if breaking down the bike for maintenance or travel, or to transfer these measurements to a new bicycle in the future.