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Hello world, this will be the first installment of what I think should be around a 30 part series entailing a unique approach to ensure an athlete is properly positioned, completely educated about the entire positioning process,  maintains a working understanding of human functional movement, and possesses the knowledge and tools to enhance and protect themselves throughout sports specific training.

“The Perfect Fit ” begins with an understanding of the athlete’s ambitions and abilities in order to educate them on achieving their goals and, ultimately , defining a cycling position that maximizes power, comfort, and handling without losing the bike’s ability to evolve with the rider.

Perfect Fit – Part 1. Interview, Athletic History

Today we are going to start from the very beginning and discuss the first step from the first section of the Biomechanical Bicycle  Positioning (BBP) process. All fittings begin with the Pre-Fit interview, which is designed to gain a full understanding of the client’s athletic history.

The following are a few examples of some important questions and why.

Specifically for Triathletes, When did you learn to swim? It is important to know if the athlete is a natural swimmer that has been swimming for some time and is strong and comfortable in the water. On the other hand, is one new to swimming and trying to learn the technique as an adult. Learning as an adult  can be much more difficult, and demands the development of new kinetic patterns and muscular recruitment.  The resultant pre-exhaustion of new swimming muscles can have a direct effect on the fit.  Additionally new exercises can be introduced to the athlete to ensure they are strengthening and supporting themselves properly both in the water and when they get to the cycling portion of the event.

In the same genre, it is important to know if the athlete bilaterally breaths or not.  Do they always bilaterally breath, even in competition?  For many, bilateral breathing can  be exclusive to the pool during training, and non existent during competition where natural comfort, instincts, and a sense of security during the event becomes paramount to the athlete.

For triathletes and road cyclists it is important to know about both their organized and or personal sports history.  Was the athlete competitive in High school, collage, or professional sports?  Did the athlete participate with a team or as an individual athlete?  Are they new to sport altogether, how long have they been involved with sports,  how intense are they about training and racing, and is this just for fun or are they attracted to the spirit of competition.

Now for a little taste of some, but not all of the red flags found in an athletes history that can have an adverse affect on an athlete’s applied physiology and kinetic recruitment pattens when applied to maximization of cycling efficiency.  Athletes who dance, breaststroke, golf, Horseback ride, bowl and play tennis are common examples such athletes.  Interdependently these all have a cause and effect on the personal development of the athlete.

On a side note,  it is  always interesting to note whether an athlete drives an automatic or a standard transmission, their vehicle’s clutch weight, and average time they spend operating their vehicle.  This falls into a series of  lifestyle questions that we will touch on throughout  the  interview process.

Next: Perfect Fit – Part 2. Interview, Medical History


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