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Coaching: What to expect.

Coaching is a very individualised and personal experience best delivered through continued interaction between the athlete & coach. For this reason Joint Sense Sports Performance does not offer a tiered package system for coaching like many other coaches online.

Prior to your coaching agreement you will be sent an online questionnaire to complete and return, there is no need to print this. Some of the questions you will be asked may seem irrelevant, but they will help establish a complete picture of your health.

If it is possible to schedule a meeting to discuss your goals and initial training needs then this will be arranged, otherwise skype or videomessaging can be used.

Coaching: How it works!

Coaching will be provided through Training Peaks of which a Premium Level account will be required. This is so your data can be appropriately analysed. A clear explanation of your targets for each workout will be provided. Interaction is vital throughout this process and is encouraged. Athlete interaction is usally done through Training Peaks messages, Whatsapp, Email or phonecall.

For cycling, you will need a bike set-up that records power in watts and a heart rate monitoring device such as a Wahoo/Garmin. Run workouts will be designed on pace and again a suitable Garmin/ Suunto type device is required. For swimming a recording device such as a poolmate or Garmin is also advised.

Training Peaks programs can be synced with Zwift and many other training software programs (this is encouraged). Initial baseline tests in each of the disciplines will be performed to ascertain your current/ starting level and will be repeated throughout your program to monitor progress.

Bike-Fit: What to expect.

Prior to your visit you will be sent an online questionnaire to complete and return, there is no need to print this. Some of the questions you will be asked may seem irrelevant to the reason you are attending, but they will help establish a complete picture of your health. This will help determine how we complete the bike-fit package.

A second questionaire about your bike and current/ past rider issues will also be completed.

Your bike will be secured onto a Tacx turbo for the analysis and you will need to bring your cycle kit and cycle shoes. Depending on your bike-fit package: you may have some sticky dots attached to your skin and clothing which can easily be removed after the assessment.

In the level 2 & 3 Bike-fit packages you will be assessed for joint ranges of motion and physical restrictions. You will be asked to complete a range of physical tests which will help determine your bespoke rehabilitation program. You will recieve this online through a rehab software program that can be sent to a smart-phone app or your PC.

Bike-fit times range from 1- 4 hours depending on the package you choose.

Bike-fit: Packages: 1-3

Package 1.

A 3-point bike-fit designed for anyone who wishes to check they are in a good bike position and requires comfort over that of power or aerodynamics. This package is designed for people with new bikes, commuters, weekend cyclists and those with lower back or neck issues. The set-up incorporates: saddle positioning, knee over pedal spindle (KOPS) and handlebar reach. Approximately 1 hour for fitting.

Package 2:
Includes the 3-point bike-fit from package 1, but incorporates the complexities of foot biomechanics at the foot/peddle interface and incorporates a physical assessment. This package is designed for the slightly more competitive rider/triathlete who uses clipless pedal systems. The assessment of the foot/pedal interface determines the alignment of the cleat and helps correct lower limb and knee alignment issues. This is a multi-factorial process combining positioning of: fore/aft, side-side, rotation/ float, & varus/ valgus . Allow 3-4 hours for fitting.

Package 3
This package incorporates all aspects of package 2 and is designed for cyclists or triathletes with acute/ chronic injuries related to that of cycle posture.

This package will combine a full assessment for joint ranges of motion/ restrictions, through a range of specific physical tests that will determine your bespoke rehabilitation program which you will recieve online through the Exorlive rehab software program. As part of this package you will benefit from up to 6 sessions of manual therapy.

Due to the complexities of this package your initial visit may need to be spread over a couple of visits ie; session 1: Bike-fit, session 2: rehab & therapy.

Manual Therapy: Back & Neck pain, Joint problems.

Prior to your visit you will be sent an online questionnaire to complete and return, there is no need to print this. Some of the questions you will be asked may seem irrelevant to the reason you are attending, but they will help establish a complete picture of your health. This will help determine whether the care is appropriate for your condition.

On your first visit your therapist will conduct a detailed assessment of your presenting condition, past medical history, and overall health. A full examination, a report of findings, and if appropriate, a treatment.

If your therapist decides that you would not benefit from this type of care he will recommend another type of treatment that would be more beneficial for your condition; or you may be referred to your GP or to another health care professional for further investigations.

If you are attending for manual therapy or treatment, generally, you will not have to undress, however it may be necessary to expose the area of the skin to be treated.

For the neck and upper back, you may be asked to put on a gown top, open in the back so that you upper spine/ back/ neck can be seen or treated.

There is usually no need to remove clothing of the lower half of the body unless you are being treated for a lower limb problem such as thigh or knee. It would then be advisable to wear or bring a pair of shorts.

All spinal manipulations can be done through clothing, but massage and acupuncture cannot. It is best not to wear anything too restricting.

Spinal manipulation, massage and acupuncture are generally not painful. Where there are areas of restriction in joints, strains in muscles or local inflammation post injury, it is to be expected that there may be some tenderness to the touch or within the 24 hours after your visit.

This discomfort varies between individuals and your therapist will therefore advise you of the best ways to reduce the discomfort for your type of condition.

Manual Therapy: Sports Injuries

Minor Sports injuries generally result from acute trauma or repetitive stress associated with athletic activities. Sports injuries can affect bones or soft tissue structures such as ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

The most common injuries seen involve the following joints: Shoulder (Swimmers & Rotator cuff/ Frozen), Elbow (Golfers/ Tennis), Knee (patello-femoral), Pelvis (Sacroiliac/ Gluteal), Ankle/ Foot (Achilles/ Plantar Fascitis/ Metatarsalgia)

Manual therapy, combined with advice and exercise works very well for these type of injuries.

Kelvin - primary therapist at Joint Sense Sports Performance has 20 years experience in hands on therapy using manipulation, massage, acupuncture and providing rehabilitation exercise. He has extensive knowledge in sports injuries associated with: Swimming, Cycling, Running & Crossfit.

Being an athlete himself, Kelvin understands the frustrations associated with being sidelined from sport and will therefore endeavour to get you back into action as soon as possible.