Throughout the 2016 season, Cylance Pro Cycling athletes have been conducting product testing for RPM2, along with their traditional power data collection. It was during this product testing that a discrepancy in one of our rider’s results was noticed. A previously sustained injury had not prevented Alison from becoming a world class professional athlete, so she put it behind her until the use of RPM2 demonstrated a clear difference between her right and left leg symmetry.
For the past several weeks Alison has been completing specific exercises designed to record her symmetry and range of motion, with the hope of improving her fitness in her dominant leg while also bringing her injured leg into better symmetry. The RPM2 insole power meter and app allowed us to track her progress while she participates in the protocol and we asked Alison to share her experience:
Although the exercises are not too draining, the feeling when completing them is dependent on the training or racing or injury from that day. It was beneficial to get into a routine to complete the exercises, and after a few weeks of not doing the exercises, I have felt some detraining in the flexibility and strength. I think it has been useful to remind by body to engage some muscles and balance that it hasn’t for several years.
It is interesting to see my injured leg catching up with the strength and flexibility of my dominant leg. A graph to note (see below) is the standing force graph. You can see where I was making improvements but then crashed on my right side (injured side). With broken ribs and an injured shoulder, it was difficult to have the same amount of force placed on the right. My dominant side became much more dominant as I healed. Through continuing the exercises, I was able to recover and re-engage my injured side to return to pre-crash force and start making improvements again.