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.
This week we are taking a look specifically at Alison’s range of motion and symmetry in her ankle joints. Even though the ankle is the pivotal to all leg movements, the joint’s importance is often overlooked; our ankles must quickly absorb force and then prepare for the following movement.
At the beginning of the RPM2 protocol, Alison’s ankle flexion measured an average of 28 degrees and 21 degrees for her left and right foot, respectively. Alison used RPM2‘s revolutionary insole to capture ankle flexion range of motion by performing heel raise exercises. Over time these exercises will provide the ankle joint the nutrition and health they need and while we don’t expect to see a drastic improvement, after a week of repeated exercising Alison’s range of motion for ankle flexion (heel raises) did increase (34 degrees and 35 degrees for left and right foot, respectively), as seen below.