Cycling Stability and Symmetry using a Corrective Bib Short
Authors: Senne Henderieckx, Alexander Van Gastel, Jochen Vleugels, Sam Smets, Stijn Verwulgen
Abstract: In cycling, biomechanical posture optimization strives to improve core stability and symmetry in the lower and upper extremities to raise power output. In addition, the shape and pose of the cyclists determine the projected frontal area, which is the major factor influencing drag during cycling. In this study, a high-fidelity prototype garment was developed that includes kinetic bands and proprioceptive devices to adjust biomechanical posture during cycling. The aim is to measure improved projected frontal area, stability, and symmetry as a result of wearing a corrective cycling garment. Thirty participants were gathered under strict exclusion criteria to ensure a representative sample of the population. Two exploratory studies were conducted: experimental and reference measurements of 1) 11 cyclists’ pedal balance and projected frontal area, and 2) 5 cyclists’ biomechanical movements through an optical motion tracking system. The results indicate an improved pedal balance and deteriorated stability and symmetry for the corrective bib short.
Keywords: Cycling, Biomechanical Efficiency, Stability, Symmetry, Proprioception
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