Competition Cycling

by Chiropractors Brighton on April 14, 2010


Lance Armstrong

It is thought that the world’s very first bicycle was invented in China around 2,300. It is therefore probable that the very first bicycle accident and/or injury happened on the same day!  Cycling is one of life’s most popular sports and pleasurable past times, however, it is often associated with fractures, strains and sprains, contusions and non-traumatic overuse injuries.  Many injuries are preventable given proper positioning on the bike and an accurate understanding of the biomechanics of cycling.  Bicycle related back and spine pain has in the past probably been under reported.  The incidence of back and spine pain in long distance cyclists varies from 17% to 70% in various studies.

Jeff Spencer, DC served as the team Chiropractor for the Postal and Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Teams. Here is what Lance Armstrong said about him “Jeff is part doctor part guru, part medicine man…..we believed Jeff could fix any and all of our problems…..While he fixed us physically, he also fixed us mentally…..If you judged the most important man on the Postal team by foot traffic in and out of his door, then it was Jeff.  Without him, we knew we’d never make it to Paris.” – Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

The review of the current research suggests that Chiropractic care collectively documents statistically significant improvements in respiration, range of motion, heart rate variability and autonomic function, endocrine function, cardiovascular function, immune function, muscle strength and overall athletic ability of  “healthy” or specific-function “normal” individuals.  These are all necessary attributes of a healthy cyclist at any performance level.  Other studies have documented statistically significant increases or improvements in neuro cognitive functions such as reaction-time and information processing, visual acuity, stress and reproductive hormones, healing/recovery time, and  general health following  Chiropractic Care.  Optimising these attributes can mean the difference between taking first or second place in a bike race.


Spine in Sports 2005, Pages 113-134

Christopher Pierce, DC
The Bicycle Chiropractor
222 SE 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Cycling is a demanding repetitive activity with much of the overuse demand placed on particular areas, so if you are serious about cycling it is important to have your biomechanics checked before undertaking long, arduous rides.    Contact:  Chiropractic Life, 88 Portland Road, Hove BN3 5DL – phone 01273 208188

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Richard McMinnChiropractor Brighton

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Nanaimo Chiropractor April 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Great article! Lance has said some realy great things about the benefts of chiropractic. He said that if the flow of traffic in and out of the tent was any indication of importance of the members of the cycling teams support members, the chiropractor was the most important, hands down.

Chiropractors Brighton April 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm

The New Zealand Rugby Team has a Chiropractor on staff – that says it all!!

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