Cycling Clinic at MIHP
The Cycling Clinic at The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance (MIHP), is the first service of it’s kind in the North West, providing a range of solutions including cycling specific injury assessments and treatment, bike fit, aero and saddle health assessments.
The clinic is led by Phil Burt who is a world-renowned cycling health and performance innovator. An experienced physiotherapist and bike fitter, he spent 12 years as the Head of Physiotherapy at British Cycling, as well as five years as Consultant Physiotherapist at Team Sky. After a long career supporting the world’s best at three Olympic Games and seven Tour de Frances, Phil is now concentrating on using his expertise to help cyclists at all levels to improve their health, comfort and performance.
Services offered at the Cycling Clinic
Off Bike Assessment
This involves a full musculoskeletal review including history and examination. The key is to set a goal, around which the plan will develop. After this, you will leave with a clear treatment plan potentially – if required – including rehabilitation exercises, physiotherapy and onward referral to Phil Burt’s network of cycling health specialists.
A full musculoskeletal assessment including history and examination is followed by an on bike fit assessment using the Retul 3D motion capture system. Initial findings are then discussed with you before the session evolves into what it needs to be to achieve the goal.
More technology such as Gebiomized saddle pressure mapping may be used or even frontal area assessment using a depth camera. Adjustments suggested and made can be to equipment and/or the adaptability of the rider, addressed through a plan of treatment and/or rehabilitation. A pathway is designed to evolve the position of the rider towards the goal.
Saddle Health Assessment
Each saddle issue is unique, like the rider. Some may be quite straight forward and riders leave wondering how they ever rode beforehand such is the relief and difference. Others may require careful investigation and guidance through the minefield of factors at play and options to change.
The session starts with an in-depth discussion of the issue and then a plan is discussed of the best path to resolving the issue. A full off and on bike assessment are normally needed; you can have the best saddle in the world for you but if it’s not in the right position or you don’t actually sit on it properly, it simply won’t work the way it should.
This session starts with the goal setting exercise, full off bike assessment and then on bike assessment. With the optimum position determined, time is then spent determining how it can be arrived at through contact point manipulation – and rider adaptation. This is key. In Phil’s experience, so many people get given a position and told to ride it, with no idea if they are holding it or what to work on if they can’t.
What to bring:
- A clean bike
- Cycling shorts and shoes
- We recommend wearing a crop top for female riders to enable optimal bio-marker placement.
The session is not strenuous at all but the facility has showers should you wish to take one.
The Cycling Clinic is open to individuals, clubs and groups across all levels of ability.