Physio Bike Fit - COVID-19 Update from Emma Colson
Monday, 01 June 2020 / Published in News

UPDATE: Emma Colson is recommencing her PhysioBikeFit practice in Fitzroy, from the week starting June 1, 2020

Dear Potential clients
I find this situation difficult as I have had many enquiries for my bike-fit services and would dearly love to get back to work.

I have followed the COVID situation for some time now and this is not a condition to be taken lightly. The easing of restrictions in the State do not mean that the virus is any less present in the community. The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted by people who are symptom free, ie that could be you or it could be me (and not know it).

On a personal front I have an elderly father to look after and also now live in a community which is COVID free (and commute to Melbourne for work). The responsibility for the health of others is dependant upon my own behaviour.

I will wait until May 25th, to assess the effect of the easing of restrictions. If these is a reduced community transmission rate then I will consider re-opening with the following caveat:

    1. I will see only one client per day
    2. I will request that clients cancel if they feel even the slightest symptoms and am happy to take that cancellation on the day of treatment, even up until the final moment of the appointment. If in doubt – pull out!
    3. I ask that if you are a high-risk group for contacting the virus, such as a hospital/health worker or someone who has many contacts during the day due to your work, you delay your appointment at this stage.
    4. A mask will be worn by myself and by the client (except when riding the bike on the trainer). I will provide you with the mask.

If you are interested in an appointment, please email me physio@topbike.com.au your preferred day and time (post May 25th).

The Plank - Improving Core Strength for Cyclists, Emma Colson Melbourne
Saturday, 04 November 2017 / Published in Best Bang for Your Buck Exercises

“Best Bang for Your Buck” – Physio Bike Fit Exercises


Planking, as shown in this exercise, is a great crude way to improve strength of the core muscles.

Some cyclists, who have an otherwise healthy spine, can get back pain especially in relation to a period of hill training, or a big event with loads of vertical. Failure of their core muscles to counteract the power the legs are putting out is a common cause.

The benefit for cyclists is that the position simulates that position we use when riding, as opposed to other core exercises that involve laying on the back. This position also uses the erector spinae muscles, which for cyclists are probably more important than the abdominal group in holding steady on the bike.

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The Aero Stretch - The best pre-ride stretch for cyclists, Topbike Physio Emma Colson Melbourne
Monday, 04 September 2017 / Published in Best Bang for Your Buck Exercises

“Best Bang for Your Buck” – Physio Bike Fit Exercises


This stretch illustrated here is a great stretch for road cyclists to do prior to getting on the bike.

It stretches out the ‘things at the back of the leg’ like the hammies, calves and their surrounding fascial connections and nerve coverings, that all get tight and prevent us getting into a good ergonomic position on the bike.

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The Physio Bike Fit ITB Stretch for cyclists, Topbike Physio Emma Colson Melbourne
Monday, 04 September 2017 / Published in Best Bang for Your Buck Exercises

“Best Bang for Your Buck” – Physio Bike Fit Exercises


Ever tried to stretch your ITB (Iliotibial band) with a sideways lean and thought ‘I can’t feel a thing in the ITB’?

The Iliotibial band runs from the pelvis (the Ilial part to be precise) to the top of the tibia (that’s the large bone in the lower leg). If it wasn’t there your lateral (outside) part of your quadriceps muscle the VL (vastus lateralus) would sort of flop out to the side.

In cyclists the ITB gets tight because of the workload on the VL (lateral quads), hence hypertrophy of the muscle underneath.

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