Tackling the health issues facing cyclists

Category: Bike Fit

Harvard Cycling Medicine Course

The inaugural Harvard cycling medicine course was a success, featuring 6 speakers and 11 lectures, as well as 3 small group practical sessions.  Topics covered include the rise of cycling, health and safety considerations, bicycle fit, sports psychology, pelvic pain, overuse injuries, and rehabilitation for the cyclist.  32 participants from all around the world attended.  We hope to be able to bring this course back in the future!

Huge thanks to Greg Robidoux, Marilou Shaughnessy, Antje Barreveld, Christine Eng, and Cheri Blauwet for lecturing, as well as Chris Gilbert for his assistance in making this happen!

Summer of Cycling Medicine

Updates!  We have kept quite busy throughout the summer, publishing, presenting at 2 major conferences, as well as increasing our cycling clinic volume and frequency!

csmr-screenshotFirst off, our article “Prevention, Evaluation, and Rehabilitation of Cycling-Related Injury,” by Dana H. Kotler, Ashwin N. Babu and Greg Robidoux was published in the May/June issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports!  It is our first PubMed indexed publication on cycling medicine and we are super proud of it.

In July, Dana presented a poster entitled “Implementation of a Cycling-Specific Medical Clinic” to an international audience at Science and Cycling 2016 in Caen, France.

Science and Cycling 2016 poster presentation

Science and Cycling 2016 poster presentation

The conference itself included a fair amount of exercise science, as well as talks on biomechanics and bike fit.  Some of the highlights were Romain Meeusen from Vrije Universiteit Brussels and his talk on “The Brain and Performance – its all neurochemistry,” Wendy Holliday from South Africa, with research on static and dynamic kinematics in cyclists, Mark Greve from Brown University Emergency Medicine and Team Novo Nordisk speaking about cycling emergencies, and Lotte Kraus from Germany, with gebioMized and “Female Specific Movement Pattern in Cycling Analysis.”  I also participated in the workshop on cycling injury prevention with Paul Visentini from Australia.

Of course, a major benefit of attending this conference is its proximity to the prologue of the Tour de France.  A fellow conference-goer and I rented a car and drove up to the stunning Mont Saint-Michel to see the start of Stage 1, which was of course, awesome.

Next up, in August, Dana and Greg attended the annual Medicine of Cycling conference at USA Cycling in Colorado Springs.  Greg taught in the bike fit course, while Dana attended the Medical Emergencies in Cycling course.  Together, they presented a lecture entitled “Collaborative evaluation of the cyclist, a novel approach.  Role of bike fit accommodations in management,” which was well-received.  In addition, researcher, cyclist, and future physical therapist Sarah Rice, PhD presented a poster in conjunction with Dana and Saurabha entitled “Female cyclists are more likely than male cyclists to report concussion symptoms after a crash.”

Spaulding Cycling Medicine Program is going strong, now with 2 clinics per month.  We are proud of the progress we’ve made so far and look forward to even more developments in the coming months!  Keep following us on Twitter, @bikehealthorg for additional updates.  Ride strong.

AAPM&R Photo Album

Here are some photos from our AAPM&R workshop, Cycling Biomechanics and Bike Fit.  Thanks again to our awesome volunteers, Tonia Hafner (road), Erich Leas (MTB), Stephanie Mayberg (TT), Audrey Raboin (cyclocross), and Julie Tracy (road).

AAPM&R Workshop

The team put on quite a workshop this weekend at the 2015 American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly.  Last year, the idea for a bicycling biomechanics workshop was born through some brainstorming, and we quickly wrote it up and submitted it.  One after another, colleagues volunteered to be a part of it, and we wound up with a fantastic team, enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of cycling mechanics, fit, and injury with a crowd of over 25 participants.


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The Great Equalizer

galena-juniors2Cycling is for everyone.  From a little one on a push-bike, to recreational cyclists, commuters, BMX tricksters, racers, randonneurs and touring cyclists, triathletes, recumbent-riders, those who ride on roads, dirt, and gravel, to Robert Marchand, 102 year-old French track cyclist who beat his own hour record in 2014.  An enormous range of personal preferences, injuries, and disabilities can be accommodated with relatively simple modifications in equipment and position. Continue reading

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