Objective full-body 3D analysis
Qualisys Cycling analysis comes with an advanced pipeline that performs full-body biomechanical analysis of the captured motion data. With feedback stemming from the analysis, you can isolate problem areas and pick up small nuances. Parameters such as kinematics, bike measurements, drop/reach and more are calculated. In total, over 35 key parameters are calculated and presented in the final report.
Once the cyclist has been tested, the coach will evaluate the results and compare them to our database of elite cyclists. The cyclinst will then receive training advice and recommendations for how to improve the cycling technique, adjust the bike, avoid or minimize the risk of injuries. The recommendation is to do a follow-up analysis within 3-5 months in order to get feedback on the technical and bike improvements since the previous session
Knowledge of the weaknesses – make improvement possible
Have you ever wondered how the elite cyclists can ride so smoothly and effortlessly, while still generating the power to cover the ground very quickly?
Clearly their cycling technique is better than amateurs and we know that it’s important that they see a qualified coach to ensure that they’re working on the right technique for their personal cycling peculiarities. Often though their cycling technique is compromised by poor biomechanics, which includes lack of flexibility and poor strength, often from inadequacies that they don’t know that they have. Cyclists are often left thinking: “I understand what I’m being told to do, but my body just won’t do it”.
The mechanical problems that can interfere with the biomechanics of the cycling technique include – one leg being longer than the other, tight nerves in your legs, poor ‘core’ (abdominal) muscle control, poor flexibility, inflexible pelvis and incorrect positioning of the pelvis. These biomechanical issues can not only compromise the way your cyclists ride, as they have to compensate for them, they can also set them up for injuries in the structures that are compensating.
The most common injuries among cyclist
Injury is part of the cycling sport, whether it’s from a crash, overtraining or from poor bike fit. That’s why riding a bike can be a challenging activity. Although some injuries are impossible to avoid, there are some things every cyclist can do to prevent injuries. Here is a list of the six that are most common;
- Knee pain
This is one of the most overuse injuries in the sport. Cyclists fasten their feet to the pedals with cleats on the bottom of the shoes. However if they are not positioned the correct way, the result is sharp pain in the knees that won’t go away.
- Lower Back Pain
Spending time in the same position for a long time without a break will hurt any muscle. This is even more of a problem in cycling because the natural position of being on a bike means a lot of stress going through the spine.
- Achilles Tendonitis
This is another overuse injury and is the cause of inflammation. Make sure the kind of bike you’re riding is the right for you and that your shoe cleats are positioned properly. If you feel pain, get off the bike and rest for a few days.
- Muscle Tightness
You may not even know it but your calves and hamstrings are probably too tight. You don’t feel it when you are riding because your body is too smart and has adapted to the constant motion.
- Foot Numbness
The biggest cause (other than cold weather) is improperly fit shoes. Make sure the cleats are not too far forward increasing the pressure around the ball of the foot.
- Muscle Fatigue
Have you noticed the quats of pro cyclists? They are very impressive size-wise. That’s because they use these muscles to actually ride the bike. It’s no wonder then that the quats need a break from time to time to recover.
- Neck Pain
Neck pain is caused by tightness in the muscle that starts at the base of the skull and runs along the sides of the neck all the way to the shoulders. They get too tired because they carry the entire weight of the head in extension for a long time in the same position time while riding.
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Once the cyclist has been tested, the coach will evaluate the results and compare them to our database of elite cyclists.
The Motion capture system
Qualisys Cycling analysis is powered by an advanced optical motion capture system for gathering accurate movement data. The mocap system consists of a number of cameras, typically around 6 to 8 cameras depending on the size and design of the lab. Measurements are made in 400 fps with sub-millimetre accuracy.
Included in the solution
- Full-body analysis using motion capture technology
- 6-8 motion capture cameras (varies with lab size)
- Qualisys Track Manager software with PAF Cycling package
- Scalable marker setup with lower and full body
- Web report with bike dimensions, kinematic parameters etc.
The results of the analysis can be published on the web, for increased accessibility and easy sharing. The web report follows HTML5 standards and works on most standards-compliant browsers and devices.
The report contains basic parameters as well as more in-depth results in form of plotted time series and tabular data. In addition, the report can contain observations, recommendations and training advice from a golf expert.
A demo report can be seen here.