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. The injury hasn’t prevented Alison from becoming a world class professional athlete, so she put it behind her until RPM2 noticed there was a clear difference between her right and left leg symmetry.
This week we’re looking at one of the most important objective measurements, body symmetry. Body symmetry is important because poor balance can lead to a loss of power output on the bicycle through uneven output and an increased risk of further injury. Getting Alison back into the general norms of side to side equality is the goal of the RPM2 testing protocol.
The foundation for the skeletal system is the interaction between the lower back and the pelvis; all forces on the bike are exchanged between the hips and lower back, so being out of alignment can lead to a loss of force or increased injury risk. Hip alignment is pivotal in reducing these issues. Each day Alison completes a series of hip flexion exercises designed to allow RPM2 to monitor her symmetry between sides as her range of motion increases throughout the protocol.
Alison is already in the middle of the 30-day testing protocol and will be sharing some of her exercises on her social media. RPM2 will be working with Cylance Pro Cycling to analyze her results on a weekly basis.
Throughout the month, you can use the discount code “SYMMETRY” (all caps) to receive $25.00 off your order at RPM2.com