LIFE MOVES FAST, AND YOUR BODY SHOULDN’T CONFINE YOU. AS A QUALIFIED BIOKINETICIST, I FOCUS ON RESTORING PROPER MOBILITY AND ELIMINATING RESTRICTIONS SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS.
- Name: Liandi Gerber
- Position: Biokineticist]
- Formal qualification: MSc Biokinetics (NWU)
What is biokinetics?
Biokinetics utilises physical activity as the primary therapeutic modality in preventative health care and improvement of physical condition, as well as final phase rehabilitation for cardiac, orthopaedic, and chronic disease population groups.
What do biokineticists do?
Biokineticists perform a comprehensive, functional assessment on each patient and then prescribe scientifically based exercise programmes based on their evaluation findings. These findings determine whether the patient has poor cardiovascular and respiratory function, muscle weakness or imbalances, inflexibility or instability or poor neuromuscular co-ordination. The word Biokinetics is taken from the Greek word “BIOS” which means “life” and “KINESIS” which means “movement”. In other word’s the maintenance of quality of life through use of physical activity.
How do Cyclists depend on biokinetics?
Cyclists spend many hours in the same position while pushing hundreds of watts through the pedals. When riding, some muscles will be used to hold you in position, while others are working on generating power through the pedals. The focus should be on correctly isolating, recruiting and utilising core stability and power generating muscles in order to be more effective on the bike, while decreasing the chances of pain and injury.
Why would it be beneficial to book your appointment with our Biokineticist?
When thinking about cycling, your muscles must be able to hold you in position effectively. When you properly initiate the correct muscles for both power generation and stabilization, they create a stable base for the powerful gluteals, quadriceps and hamstrings to work off, while protecting the back and knees from injuries.
Latter will result in optimal function and you as cyclist, will move more efficiently and use less energy. Cyclists who use the incorrect muscles for stabilisation and power will often risk back, hip and knee pain and injury.
A complete Biomechanical Assessment will therefore not only be beneficial in your performance but might also contribute in decreasing your risk for overuse injuries.
What are some common cycling injuries that develop due to a lack of core stability or a lack of effective recruitment of the gluteals:
- Low back pain from lack of support from stabilising muscles. In the cycling position if you back muscles are not working, then over time the disc, nerves and ligaments will become stressed and
- Hip and groin pain from excessive side to side movement of the pelvis on the bike
- Sciatic nerve pain due to excessive movement through the lumbo-pelvic region and irritation of spinal
- Excessive use of hamstrings and lateral thigh muscles to compensate for lack of gluteal strength layers over a stable pelvic base.
- Excessive use of quadriceps and hip flexors to compensate for lack of hip and spinal extensor
- Stiffness and pain in the mid-back and neck regions as
the cyclist tries to stabilise the body via the arm muscles and handlebars.
- Pins and needles in the hands, and hand problems from stabilising and weight bearing through the
It is for this reason ASG will be opening our new and exciting division called Bike Science in June 2017. Liandi will head up this department of ASG Bike Science which will offer a range of services including:
- Laser and Video Analysis Enhanced Bike Setup (Radlabor Smartfit Q5)
- Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Sport Injuries)
- Biomechanical Analysis
- Muscle Imbalance and Corrective Exercise Prescription
- Functional Stability Training
- Performance Enhancement
- Spinning Classes
- Virtual Training and Racing Simulation
- Event Specific Preparation Programmes (Cycling, Running, Triathlon)
- Sport Nutrition
- Sport Massages