Why is a bike fit important?

Most of us who cycle for fun would have thought cycling is an easy sport – just get on the bicycle, make sure it feels comfortable to sit on, then ride away. But things aren’t as easy as they look, because spending prolonged periods of time in a non-ideal cycling posture can result in injuries without you realising it, so today I’ll give you a run-down of what your body position should look like when you get on the bicycle.  

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Aaron Babb
Stretching before a run doesn't do anything!?!

It’s about time. I think the myth can finally be dispelled. I may get chased down the road with pitchfork carrying pre-exercise pro-stretching advocates but here I go. Stretching before exercise is about as useless in preventing injury as one of Hue Heffner’s new girlfriends trying to convince you she has no interest in money.

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Tear me another one - muscle tears and middle age soccer

Now that we are heading into winter the most common injury we will see in the clinic by far are muscle tears, the most common age group affected are over 35. Out of those, the most common presentation will be from soccer players and, out of them men who have a relatively sedentary job Monday to Friday are at the greatest risk.

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Heel pain in kids? What actually is sever's disease

This being that time of year when all parents sit around a table and someone say “Not long now”, everyone looks at each other with absolute exhaustion and yet sheer joy, acknowledging with the slightest facial expression what that comment is in reference too. That time being the kids that you love so much but really don’t like so much at the moment are heading back to the parent relief centre or school as it also known to those without kids. 

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Why is posture so important?

As a Physiotherapist I think bad posture is as worthwhile as a beer with Kim Jong-Il or as constructive as Phil Gould’s insights into a game of football. For the sake of this article I need to make a few generalisations, otherwise it will be incredibly long and somewhat boring to the likes of an old Kevin Costner movie and you wont make it to the end. 

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