Published: 21 July 2014
Retül, a provider of advanced bike fit technology, and British Cycling are joining forces to offer bike fit education for medical professionals who work with cycling related injuries.
The Cycling-Specific Injury Management program will feature two-day sessions for medical professionals to learn bike fit principles that can help mitigate common cycling injuries. The first of the courses will take place at the world-renowned Boulder Centre for Sports Medicine in Colorado, before coming to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on 1 and 2 October.
Each session will cover topics including physical assessment protocol for a cyclist, the interface between a rider’s body and contact points on the bike, biomechanical data collection methods, data application and current research and trends in cycling injury management.
Sessions in the Cycling-Specific Injury Management program will be led by Todd Carver, chief fit and education officer at Retül, Phil Burt, head physiotherapist for British Cycling and consultant for Team Sky, Dr Andy Pruitt, founder of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and John R. Dennis of Retül University Europe, former physiotherapist for British Triathlon.
Phil Burt, head physiotherapist for British Cycling, said: “British Cycling has worked closely with Retul to share practical knowledge and develop ideas for improved bike fit and injury-prevention.
“In the professional ranks, riders’ bodies are pushed to the limit and it is imperative that injury-prevention techniques are incorporated to maintain peak, physical performance and ensure riders are able to maximise their potential and achieve their goals.
“This course will help medical professionals to help alleviate or prevent cycling injuries among their patients.”
Todd Carver, chief fit and education officer at Retül, said: “Retül has worked with British Cycling and Team Sky for several years, and together we can share practical knowledge that is coming down from our work with some of the best cyclists in the world.
"This group also has an incredible amount of experience with local competitive athletes and weekend warriors in our communities. A strength of this program is certainly the depth of experience.”
“There’s no doubt that a lot of riders need to work on strength and flexibility to avoid injury and improve performance on the bike, but a cyclist should have a position on the bike that reflects his or her goals, fitness level and individual biomechanics. Bike fit is a key consideration for injury prevention.”
Dr. Andy Pruitt, founder of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, said: “Our goal with this program is to help professionals who are already well versed in physiology and biomechanics supplement their knowledge by learning bike fit principles.
“There is a massive opportunity for medical professionals to help alleviate or prevent cycling injuries among their patients.”
Cycling-Specific Injury Management sessions will be offered August 7 and 8 in Boulder, Colo. and Oct. 1 and 2 in Manchester, Great Britain. The program is open to individuals who have an advanced degree in human biomechanics or sports medicine and who have practical experience treating cycling injuries.