National “Ride your bike to work” day: 5-15-15


As part of May being “National Bike Month”, the impetus to get out and ride your bike to work happens tomorrow!

Get out an ride. If it’s not tomorrow, then Monday.  Not sure what route to take…? Try riding to your work on a saturday morning as a “dry run”. Drop off extra clothes or food at the beginning of the week.

If the logistics appear to be too great, figure out a solution. Excuses are easy. The reward for enjoying an activity that helps you, mentally and physically, is priceless.

And if you drive your car to work…watch out for the adults and kids on their bikes!



Barry-Roubaix 2015


Best of luck for all of our sponsored athletes/patients competing at the first big race of the year, Barry-Roubaix!










National Athletic Trainer’s Month

NATM_2015_Logo_BWIn sports medicine, the health care team is comprised of many different specialist … combined to deliver optimum care for our athletes. March is National Athletic Trainers Month. In our clinic, we embrace the eclectic team approach, and have been lucky to work with one of the areas finest licensed athletic trainers: Shingo Matsubara, ATC, MA. This month we celebrated all of the ATC’s we have worked with over the years, and many of my close friends and colleagues from previous sites/teams.

Shingo has gone on to work with one of the premier spinal cord injury units in southeast Michigan. He was an awesome clinician and helped hundreds of patients/athletes over the past month.

Change is growth.

Hats off to Shingo and all the other ATC’s that work tirelessly with our athletes!

Shingo Matsubara, ATC, MA Licensed Athletic Trainer

Shingo Matsubara, ATC, MA
Licensed Athletic Trainer


FAST Event: Hosted by TRIAD Performance Training

To all of our Triathlete friends and FAST athletes: Sunday, March 1st (tomorrow) is an event hosted by TRIAD and supported by Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy and Tri-Covery Massage and Fitness. It will be fun and informative, with hands on and discussions from all of the resident professionals. Hope to see you there!

2015 01 25 FAST Triad Event Flyer

2015 01 25 FAST Triad Event Flyer


Yoga for Cyclists/Athletes

Abi Carver, Yoga

Abi Carver, Yoga

We advocate for our athletes to take on a mobility/flexibility regimen. A perfect adjunct to the daily grind is a series of yoga positions, or vinyasa-type flow of one move to another.

Take a look at some of these yoga positions/movements demonstrated by Abi Carver. Although (in the description) these are geared towards moto, they can be applied and utilized by any athlete, runner, cyclist, triathlete, etc. Please do these with focus on breathing and form, without pain. Build at least one mobility day into your weekly workout plan.

We offer Tuesday Night Yoga/SMR @ 6:30PM in our clinic, hosted by CrossFit Novi and Yoga Instructor Laurie (

Have concerns or need guidance? Give us a call.


BikeFit Pro Level 2 Clinical Course 1/31 to 2/1/2015

BikeFit Pro Level 2 Clinical Course 1/31 to 2/1/2015

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We’re excited to announce the next bike fit course that we are teaching this coming weekend, January 31 to February 1, 2015. This will be an advanced course for Certified Level I BikeFit pros. This course is specifically detailed and catered to the clinician working in sports medicine, and we are pleased to host a handful of doctors of physical therapy. This two day intensive course will contribute to the conditions current skill set, and honing the advanced skills that these clinicians possess.

Paul Swift, owner of FikeFit and innovator of the Switch-it and forefoot wedges, will be leading this intensive hands-on course. Dr. Brian Adams will be leading the biomechanical and clinical discussion.

If you’re interested in learning more about our role in treating the cyclist, triathlete and endurance athlete, please feel free to contact our office. Stay tuned for more continuing education courses that we will be hosting throughout the year.

More about BikeFit and the courses/products that they offer, please visit their website:



Taking better care of your athletic body…

Jim Vance wrote an interesting piece on the TrainingPeaks website this fall. It outlines 10 of the more common “self destructive” things that we do as athletes. He directs it to endurance athletes, but this can apply to just about any athlete that is conducting focused, intensive and repetitive exercise as their dive head-long into their season.

This summary comes at a good time in the “off-season” to review and refresh. (Off-season in Michigan often means 6+ months of snow/cold!)

If you haven’t done so already, take a look at Jim’s article, and take a moment to make some notes and curtail your training plan.

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When it comes to sports medicine, we take a very multidisciplinary approach to treating our patients. That means we look beyond the obvious injury or pain and delve into the broader components of training, periodization, zone-based programs, functional movement screens, biomechanical analysis (bike fit, running/gait analysis), etc. We utilize industry focused tools such as TrainingPeaks training programs, BikeFit fitting tools for cyclists/triathletes, LactatePro and Hemoglobin analyzers, Fastech Orthotics, and UberSense video capture.

We are sending you positive energy to help ensure that 2015 is your most successful season yet! Let us know if we can help you!

Physical Therapy: No prescription required!

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2014 was an amazing year for us here, and the clinic continues to grow and our satisfied patients are getting back to their sports and reaching their goals!

2015 brings with it a new “win” for PT clinics and patients in the state of Michigan: easier access to PT services. The new law, that went into place January 1st, 2015, allows patients/athletes to be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist without a prescription from their physician. This is similar to our patients going to their dentist for treatment…simply make an appointment. One of the news channels in the Grand Rapids area did a little spot on this a few days ago: VIDEO.


A few things to keep in mind, as these are things that we will adhere to at Adams Sports Medicine:


  1. We can evaluate and treat your condition/injury without a prescription from your physician…but our clinical policy is that we will create a plan of care with the physician’s input, so your primary care or ortho doc will know/understand what our plan is for the course of treatment.


  1. We will refer you to a specialist as indicated…if your injury/condition has not been evaluated prior to coming here, rest assured that if there is something that needs further assessment or treatment, we will assist you in getting the appointments you need for optimal care.


  1. You can initiate your own care, to which ever clinic you prefer. We suggest you come to us, of course…but understand that your insurance may dictate what clinic you go to or how many visits are covered. This is one reason why we, as a courtesy, will conduct an brief “pre-screen” of your insurance and educate you on what your benefits are, and what (possible) out of pocket expense you may incur. 


So, when in doubt, give our clinic a call. We are experts in orthopaedic injuries, and we specialize in individualized care for our patients and athletes.


BikeFit Level 1 Clinical Course November 15-16, 2014

BikeFit Pro Level 1 Clinical Course

Adams Sports Medicine Bike Fitting

Professional Bike Fitting at Adams Sports Medicine, with focus on foot/shoe/cleat interface.

November 15 – 16, 2014 – Novi, Michigan
Combined Clinical/Non-Clinical BikeFit Pro Level 1 Education

Join BikeFit PRO Instructor Dr. Brian Adams, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS to learn the complete, biomechanically sound system to treat individual comfort and efficiency issues with any of your customers, no matter their experience level. Learn why the foot/pedal interface is the foundation for a great bike fit, and the area where most overuse injuries can occur. At this two-day seminar, you’ll learn repeatable, simple and proven techniques that can make the most impact for your customers.


Level One is dedicated to the hands-on skills necessary for road bike fitting in the clinical setting. Expect to get greasy. This class includes functional diagnosis of cycling pathologies and overuse syndromes associated with cycling. You will develop the hands-on skills necessary to fix the mechanism of injury occurring on the bike. The foot-pedal interface is a key component to this class and focuses on adjusting the cleat in fore-aft, medial-lateral, rotation, canting and elevation as appropriate for the specific cyclist. This class focuses on road fit but includes aspects of mountain and tri as appropriate.

Bike Fit

Medical Bike Fit at Adams Sports Medicine


Registration Information:

Cost = $800 per person*

*All attendees are given a coupon code to take BikeFit’s online course ahead of time. If completed
course fee is reduced to $700 (Save over $200!)

Please email to register

Sagittal View of the Cyclist

Sagittal View of the Cyclist

Cycling Injuries @ 2014 Tour de France

It has been a crazy first few days at the tour, with record crowds in England and some excellent racing. But it hasn’t come without a price.

For those out there that believe cycling injuries are merely the result of overuse, ill-timed training or poor fit, think again. Two big names in the peloton are out of the tour already, and headed to the operating room. Both are due to crashes. Some will argue that they were preventable (reckless sprinting and intruding spectators)…but the fact remains that traumatic/catastrophic injuries will occur.

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish ruptured all the ligaments around his acromioclavicular joint and suffered a separated shoulder during the sprint finish to stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Mark Cavendish

Sprinting specialist. High speed crash resulting in separated AC joint in his shoulder. Headed for surgery to stabilize. Out for 6 weeks.

Andy Schleck

Tour Overall Contender. Benign fall after the peloton scuffled with a fan taking a picture. Headed to surgery to repair and debride the tissues in his knee. Out of the Tour, unknown prognosis.


With all of the injuries, it’s no surprise that the Tour organizers/jury have pulled 2 cobble sections out of today’s stage to increase the safety for the cyclists.

Best of luck to the remaining participants!