Formthotics™ helping cycling coach John Rastrick

26 October 2011 - posted by Formthotics HQ

John Rastrick is an accomplished athlete with an impressive track record, including membership of the New Zealand Elite track team for several world cups and world champs; member of the Commonwealth Games team that competed in Victoria, British Colombia, Canada, in 1994; multiple National titles, and a World Cup silver medal in the “Team Sprint”event.

He is now retired from international competition but is active as a cycling coach and co-owner of John Bull Cycles. John has been coaching the national Under 19 track sprint team with BikeNZ  for the last 2 years,  where his riders have gained 3 silver medals and 1 bronze at the world championships.

John is using Formthotics to manage injuries – blue (medium) in his running shoes and cycling shoes, and red (hard) in his casual shoes. He says they are helping with an achilles and a ITB problem, which was greatly hindering his ability on the bike and trackside with his athletes.

ITBS (iliotibial band syndrome) is one of the leading causes of lateral knee pain in runners. The iliotibial band is a superficial thickening of tissue on the outside of the thigh, extending from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and inserting just below the knee. The band is crucial to stabilising the knee during running, moving from behind the femur to the front while walking. The continual rubbing of the band over the lateral femoral epicondyle, combined with the repeated flexion and extension of the knee during running can cause the area to become inflamed.

Custom foot orthotics help to treat this condition by controlling the amount of inversion (medial rotation) of the foot and reducing rotation of the leg and knee (which creates friction of the iliotibial band against the outside of the knee).

John says the correction to his feet using Formthotics should prevent the problem from recurring

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