CrossFit Open 14.1:::Best of luck to our athletes!

What is a “Sports Injury”

In the confluence of sports and medicine, we can anticipate that there will tend to be a disconnect between athlete and medical practitioner. Either because of a lack of understanding from both parties, or simply a lack of similar dialogue and verbiage. In a recent article “What is a Sports Injury” in Sports Medicine (Jan2014) by Timpka et al. , the authors examine a set of nomenclature that will (hopefully) bridge the gap in communication. Because, when clinicians and patients understand each other, the potential outcomes and the overall satisfaction is significantly enhanced. And, when clinicians can more effectively communicate, the efficiency of care, documentation and outcomes improves. I encourage my clinical comrades to take a quick read!

On the clinical level, the article proposes:

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Sports injury:
Loss or abnormality of bodily structure or functioning resulting from an isolated exposure to physical energy during sports training or competition that following examination is diagnosed by a clinical professional as a medically recognized injury.

Sports disease (overuse syndrome)
Loss or abnormality of bodily structure or functioning resulting from repeated bouts of physical load without adequate recovery periods in association with sports training or competition that following examination is diagnosed by a clinical professional as a medically recognized disease or syndrome

You can find the article on the Sports Medicine journal website: SportsMed Jan2014

So the next question that begs to be answered: What is “Sports Medicine”? 

Clinical Bike Fit Course – March 15-16 (Level 1)

Biomechanics of Cycling, Bike Fit Skills

& Physical Therapy Interventions

—Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, Novi, MI.—

We are very excited to announce our next education course to be hosted here at Adams Sports Medicine, and it is geared towards one of our biggest passions: cycling, and the optimum fit of the cyclist and bike. Please read on…space is limited to approximately 8 clinicians, so be sure to contact BikeFit to register as soon as possible. Please let us know if you have any questions!



Adams Sports Medicine Bike Fitting

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

BikeFit Clinical Bike Fit Course hosted by Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy (Novi, MI).

Clinical BikeFit Pros have two certified fitting levels: Level 1 and Level 2. This course hosted by Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy is a Level 1 course, which 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.

Plan on extensive HANDS-ON training, with special emphasis on the important Foot-Pedal Interface. Time will be spent on assessment of normal and pathological cycling mechanics, including functional differential diagnosis, as well as problem solving & training for appropriate adjustments on the bike for cyclists. Clinical considerations (billing, time, marketing) for bike fitting in a clinical setting.

Dates: (Saturday March 15th • 8:30am – 6pm & Sunday March 16th• 8am – 5pm)

Audience:  This weekend course is geared towards the healthcare professional, such as Doctors, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, etc.


    • Paul Swift, Owner – BikeFit Systems, and an 8-time National Elite Track Cycling Champion.
    • Brian Adams, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Elite level cyclist and BikeFit Pro.

CEUs: 18 contact hours available. Continued support is provided after the course is completed. E-mailed educational tips and helpful hints, along with other premium benefits will be provided upon completion of the course. Phone consultations with instructors will also be available.

Registration:  Call 425-821-7237 ext #104, e-mail [email protected]

For more information and for registration, please contact BikeFit at:

See the Clinical Bike Fit course flyer here:

For questions about Adams Sports Medicine, how to find us, or where to stay, please call our clinic at 248-513-3003 or email: [email protected] 

Cost: $800 per person ($200 registration deposit required, with final payment due one week prior to class). If you would like to repeat (audit a class), cost is $275. Class size is 8 students with 4:1 student to instructor
ratio. Call or email now to reserve your spot as the seminar spaces fill quickly. Please note: all attendees will be offered a $5 coupon for our online course with their course registration.  If you complete the course prior the training date, we will deduct $100 from your balance due – an actual savings of over $200!



Biomechanics of Cycling, Bike Fit Skills & Physical Therapy Interventions
@ Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, Novi, MI.

The fundamental goal of this class is to further the understanding of normal and pathological movement patterns of cycling. As physical therapists, we tell patients to “ride a bike to get some exercise and take pressure off your joints.” However, that may not be as simple as it sounds.  As humans, we are asymmetrical creatures. Yet, we place ourselves and our patients on very symmetrical bicycles. Thus, the dilemma from the least experienced cyclist to the most advanced racer.

For a brief introduction, please see the BikeFit overview page here:

Therefore, the objectives of this class include but are not exclusive to:

1) Understand the basic biomechanics of cycling (static and dynamic assessment).
2) Identify patterns of motion that indicate inefficiency and potential pathology.
3) Identify and Associate the significance of physical therapy testing (manual, static,
dynamic) procedures to cycling biomechanics.
4) Bike Fit Skills: Learn how to alter the bike to better accommodate the patient’s
biomechanical needs, including stem length/angle, seat height, seat fore-aft and
handle bar position.
5) Identify specific foot types and unique LE architecture and their implications in
cycling biomechanics.
6) Bike Fit Skills: Learn how to address the foot/pedal interface to accommodate the
patient’s biomechanical needs, including fore-aft, rotation, medial-lateral and canting
of the foot.
7) Discuss the role and relevance of OTC inserts & custom orthotics for cyclists.
8) Discussion of the triathlete position versus the “comfort position” and it’s relevance
in performance.
9) Building a relationship with a local bike shop.

We hope you enjoy this class as much as we enjoy teaching it.

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