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Cycling & Low Back Seminar

  • UpCycle 380 South 8th Street Boise, ID, 83702 United States (map)

Ron Miller, from Sawtooth Physical Therapy, will be presenting neutral spine fundamentals, anatomy and philosophical considerations for specific exercises. Exercises will be demonstrated with class participation.

Seminar Description

Have you heard the term "cyclocross back"? Why not "mountain bike back" or "track back"? Cyclocross places asymmetric and unusual loads on the spine. Here are some reasons why: racers normally dismount and remount on only one side of the bike, they carry the bike on one side and also generate enormous amounts of power as they try to accelerate after each turn. It’s no wonder there can be some injury to a vulnerable area. This class aims to dispel some the thoughts and myths regarding back pain and to provide a group of exercises and interventions that should help anyone who rides cyclocross or simply rides a bike. Topics to be covered:


  • Brief review of anatomy of the low back and hips
  • Structure of the spine and disc
  • The role of the pelvis in cycling and back pain
  • Lumbar spine to leg kinetic chain
  • The hips relationship to low back stress
  • Muscle recruitment patterns relative to pain

Unique demands of cyclocross

  • Asymmetrical dismount and remount
  • Running with 15 or more pounds in your hand or on your shoulder
  • Running in shoes that are not made for running
  • Repeated the acceleration requires high torque generation from the hips and low back 


  • Presentation of a group of exercises that are designed for addressing specific areas of deficit and weakness

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