Overuse Injuries and Bike Set-Up


Ahhh summer! These hot Calgary months have, without at doubt, encouraged us to get out there and get active. Whether it’s in the urban YYC jungle, the breathtaking mountains or in a high energy room at YYC CYCLE, pedaling it to the metal for a solid 50-minute sweat, Calgarians and the YYC CYCLE Bikergang riders are continuing to demonstrate a healthy, active lifestyle.

For those that don’t know me yet, my number one “prescription” as a healthcare professional is a simple one, movement. More specifically, proper movement. Luckily, YYC CYCLE takes pride in creating a unique environment where individuals can embrace this key foundation of fitness.

As August roles on, it is not unusual that patients walk through my door having pushed their bodies to the limits with exercise. Often times they are experiencing pain and/or injury, more specifically overuse injury. Improper movement while exercising can lead to overuse injury. Let’s discuss this as it pertains to bike set up and spin class.

Please refer to http://yyc-cycle.com/love-spin for the YYC Cycle Bike Set-Up video for basic tips.

Proper bike set up crucial for many reasons, including but not limited to:
  • Facilitation of a smooth and symmetrical pedal stroke
  • Safe execution of instructed exercises during spin class (upper and lower body)
  • Injury prevention
  • The first two points are pretty straightforward. Let’s take some time to talk about the third, injury prevention.
  • The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine published an excellent article in which I provide to my avid outdoor cyclists (cross country, road, mountain, leisure) and spin class participants. If you are currently experiencing pain and/or discomfort while riding, a simple adjustment in bike set up may sometimes make a world of a difference for pain and injury prevention.
  • Disclaimer* - This information is by no means textbook and may not apply to every injury or area of pain. Overuse injuries are due to many factors and thus may need intervention or a more in depth functional assessment by an experienced health care professional.

Overuse Injuries, Contributing Bicycle Posture and Bicycle Adjustments – Siberman, M.R. et al. (2005).
Okay YYC Bikergang – let’s keep these important points in mind when getting out there and getting active.

In health,

Dr. Amy MacKinnon, DC, BSc. HKin (Hons)
Chiropractor, ProActive Health Group

Silberman, M.R. et al. (2005). Road Bicycle Fit. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine; 15(4), 271-276.