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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Going for a Ride

Published August 16, 2010 4:09 PM by Brian Ferrie

This time of year, cyclists around the country take advantage of the long days and warm weather to ride the streets and trails. Whether you're drawn to fresh air, fitness or just bonding with friends, cycling is a healthy and mostly safe pasttime, providing a cardiovascular and muscular workout without the pounding on joints that running can entail. Personally I love to take my hybrid bike out on the Schuylkill Trail that bisects Philadelphia or to scenic Valley Forge National Historical Park a few miles outside the city. In our most recent print issue, ADVANCE published an interesting article about incorporating Pilates training to enhance cycling performance ( What do you think about this practice? If you are a cyclist yourself, what do you like about it? Do you ever treat cycling injuries? Feel free to post a comment below with your perspective.


I firmly believe core strengthening is an important part in cycling, especially when racing and hill climbing.  Personally, I haven't attended a Pilates class yet but do yoga and core strengthening exercises.  I am a road cyclist and commuter.  I have treated clients (cyclists) at work, mainly for neck and shoulder and IT Band syndrome.  I myself have issues with my ITband that flare up about once a year.  %0d%0a%0d%0aRecently I have taken a bike fitting course by a PT and would like to incorporate this into the work setting. As with anything else, body mechanics play a very important role in avoiding injuries and performance.  Core and hip strength are the foundation of keeping good position while cycling.

Trish Jilot, ortho outpatient - PTA, Pettygrove PT September 1, 2010 3:27 PM
Portland OR

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