About the Cyclist's Clinic
A visit to the Cyclist’s Clinic is different than a traditional bike fitting. We have the capacity to do more than simply adjust your bicycle to a set of parameters. Our physical therapists are experts in treating musculoskeletal injuries and are certified in bicycle fit assessment.
Using a thorough analysis of your biomechanics on and off the bike, we can get to the source of your pain and treat it effectively. This means not only adjusting your bike for a more comfortable fit, but also improving your body with physical therapy techniques like therapeutic exercises, stretches, and manual therapy. Assessing and correcting your bike fit is only one component of the physical therapy treatments we provide to get you back to riding pain free.
Because the Cyclist’s Clinic is performing skilled physical therapy interventions, visits are often covered by health insurance. Please check with your health plan for specific physical therapy benefits and whether you need a doctor’s referral.
A comprehensive, one and a half hour evaluation usually includes:
- Patient's history including current and past injuries, cycling experience and goals, and any previous bike fit strategies
- Physical examination: flexibility, joint mobility, strength, muscle coordination, and posture
- Analysis of current bicycle fit, posture, pedaling quality, and biomechanics
- Bike fit changes as needed
- Therapeutic exercises to address musculoskeletal impairments
- Manual therapy, as indicated, to improve joint or soft tissue mobility
- Instruction in pedaling mechanics and efficiency, as indicated
- Return from injury training progression
- Equipment recommendations
Ned Dowling, PT is a Physical Therapist at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center and the director of the Cyclist’s Clinic. A PT since 2005, he has been applying a biomechanical approach to treating cycling specific injuries in patients ranging from recreational riders to professional racers since 2009. He holds bike fitting certifications from the International Bike Fitting Institute and BikePT in addition to obtaining post-graduate education in orthopaedic manual therapy, foot orthotics, and Pilates instruction. He is a former soigneur with the United Healthcare Pro Cycling team, currently serves on the medical staff for the Larry H Miller Tour of Utah, and is member of the Medicine of Cycling advocacy group. As avid cyclist and former road, cyclocross, and mountain bike racer, Ned is well acquainted with the physical demands of time in the saddle.
Todd graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Utah in 1986. He started working in a variety of clinics with an emphasis in outpatient orthopedics. Todd went back to school and earned his doctoral physical therapist degree in 2010 and has been working at the University of Utah for the past 15 years. Recently he obtained certifications in Bike Fit and Bike PT to perform bike fittings. Todd enjoys cycling and assisting with medical support for cycling events such as the Tour of Utah.