Cycling Injuries Course: (Causes, Treatment & Prevention)

Cycling Injuries- 28/03/2020
Bike Fitting - 29/03/2020
1 and 2 day options 
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Location: Clitheroe- Lancashire




Course Rationale

Over the recent years cycling has increased in popularity, as such cycling has become a fully inclusive activity which embraces all ages, abilities and genders - owing to its multiple established health, environmental and socioeconomic benefits. Cycling is used for commuting, recreation, racing, triathlons, and rehabilitation following surgery.  It is also beneficial in the prevention of common diseases associated with sedentary lifestyles such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This resurgence has resulted in a significant increase in cycling activity, with a corresponding significant increase in cycling related overuse injuries. As a result, the demand for effective science based Bike Fitting and effective management and prevention of cycling related overuse injuries have increased accordingly.


Research studies have demonstrated the prevalence of bicycle related overuse injuries (non traumatic injuries) can be as high as 85% in regular cyclists (Dettori & Novell, 2006; van der Walt et al., 2014). Overuse injuries have been reported in mountain-bikers (Sabeti et al. 2010), professional road cyclists (Clarsen et al 2010), recreational riders (Wilber et al 1995) and triathletes (McHardy et al. 2006).

Man and Machine

Efficient, injury free cycling requires harmony between Man and Machine. Harmony can be disrupted by anatomical, biomechanical or mechanical deficits. Research clearly demonstrates that musculoskeletal (anatomical), lower-limb (biomechanical) deficits and improper Bike Fit (mechanical deficit) represent the major cause of cycling overuse injuries. However, very few Therapists fully appreciate the injury mechanisms (causation) involved. Cycling related overuse injuries cannot be effectively resolved without first removing the cause. Therefore, our Cycling Injuries Course is designed to critically examine the interaction between man and machine. The intention is to identify and subsequently address the cause of injury.

This Cycling Injuries Course critically examines both man and machine (Intrinsic & Extrinsic factors) in detail to help Therapists understand both clinical and mechanical impacts on cycling injuries.  It is designed to complement our unique 3-Step Integrated Bike Fitting Course – and runs over the same weekend. When combined these two workshops to provide a very comprehensive understanding of the injury mechanisms (cause) associated with common cycling related overuse injuries and how therapists can go about treating, rehabilitating and preventing overuse cycling related injuries.

Course Content

Introduction & Rationale:

  • Course Aims & Outcomes

  • Rapidly growing market of cycling and corresponding increase in overuse injuries

  • Cycling is all inclusive - cycling disciplines / ages / abilities / gender / profession etc.

  • Cycling benefits and diverse used

  • Concept of Man-and-Machine.....the crucial relationship

Most common cycling related overuse injuries:

  • Demographics & epidemiology - sites / incidence / discipline / gender

  • Supporting research studies

  • Predisposing factors - multifactorial and diverse

Overuse injuries:

  • Definition

  • Principles of Management

3-Primary categories of mechanism of injury:

  • Intrinsic & Extrinsic

  • Anatomical - cyclist's musculoskeletal deficits

  • Biomechanical - cyclist's lower-limb biomechanics

  • Mechanical - improper body-position (Bike Fit)

Key strategies for:

  • Treatment & Managment

  • Rehabilitation
  • Prevention

Course Aims & Practical Application

This Cycling Injuries Course identifies the most common overuse cycling related injuries e.g. knee, back, perineum, hand and foot. It then proceeds to examine the crucial relationship between man-and-machine through the three main categories of injury-mechanism listed below:

  1. Biomechanical deficits

  2. Musculoskeletal deficits

  3. Improper body-position (Incorrect Bike Fit)

The aforementioned mechanisms are also categorised as key intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors. Thereafter, using a combination of science and practical experience the workshop examines key strategies for effective treatment and injury prevention for each of the aforementioned mechanisms.

The course is ideal for Therapists seeking to work with individual cyclists, triathletes, and/ or to work within an existing multidisciplinary cycling related team.

Alternatively, it will enable the Therapist to form an alliance with a proactive cycling shop to offer a cycling specific injury service.

Course preparation:

Optional pre-course reading will be supplied upon successful enrollment onto the course.


We advise participants to have professional liability insurance to cover them for the techniques covered on the course.

Suitable for:

This course is suitable for all forms of Therapists involved with working with cyclists and/or triathletes - and for those that may be considering doing so in the future


Teas/coffee  are provided but lunch is not included


Cancellation Policy

50% of the course fee is a non-refundable payment to secure your place.  If you cancel with more than 30 days until the start of the course the remaining balance will be refunded.  Any cancellations within 30 days of the course date will result in no refund.