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Tour de France 2014

Posted 1 July 2014
Written by Steve Griffin

 

England’s part in the Football World Cup is but a distant memory, Wimbledon is into the second week and so this Saturday the summer of sport and the nation’s eyes focus on two wheels and the Tour De France because the Peloton will make its way through the English countryside for the first 3 stages.  Interest in British cycling has been on the increase in the last 10 years thanks to the success of our cyclists both on the track and in the Tour de France.

The surge in interest has definitely led to an increase in recreational participation and as you would expect, from a physiotherapy point of view we have seen an increase in cycling related injuries; with this in mind I have put together a few key points to remember when cycling.

Cycling builds toned muscles, reduces joint pain and stiffness, increases stamina, alleviates stress and is a great weight management tool.  It’s important to remember that cycling should be about enjoyment not pain.  Unfortunately, some cyclists experience pain in the neck, back, saddle region, wrists, hands, knees and feet.

Cycling is great exercise -

  • Choose cycling if you have osteoarthritis in your hips, knees or feet - the non-impact, rhythmic motion helps reduce joint pain and stiffness and keeps your muscles strong.
  • The aerobic benefits of cycling help to manage high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Cycling Tips to prevent injury, alleviate pain and keep you moving for life.

  • Select a bike that fits.  Consider frame size, pedal alignment, handlebar position and saddle height to promote good posture.  An ill-fitting bike can cause pain.  We can provide tips on correct bike fit and can correct poor mechanics before pain and injury develop.
  • Stretch and strengthen off of your bike to improve on-bike performance.  A programme to treat muscles that are prone to tightness as well as help you strengthen areas such as your core will dramatically improve your cycling efficiency.  We can help you with this.

If you are suffering any pain, discomfort or want help with any of the above please book yourself in for an appointment. Call 0117 910 8041

Here’s to Chris Froome retaining the yellow jersey!  Happy cycling!

All the physiotherapists at Peak Performance are members of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registered with The Health Professions Council.  Our services include; physiotherapy, massage, sports massage and pilates.
 

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