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Old 05-30-05, 05:38 AM   #1
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Advice on Finding a Coach/Trainer/Physician

How does one go about finding a trainer, coach, or sports physician that

a) is within reasonable driving distance (so I can visit them),
b) REALLY has experience and a record of success with handling cycling problems like patellar tendonitis, and
c) does not require a long-term (e.g., six months) agreement before they will see you?

For example, I live a few hours from several rather large southern cities and would be eager to drive to any of them to get some help, but I can't seem to find anyone via the internet that fits the bill.
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A physician I have no idea about. Unless they are heavily involved with the fitness world, I think they would be great for injuries, but not as great with the training. Trainers would be good for strength training, but unless they spent a good deal of time training for cardiovascular conditioning and with cycling, so they can identify cycling problems, you may have a problem.

A cycling coach who is versed in strength training and has some familiarity with cycling problems would be best. You'd have to interview folks for that. Go to the www.usacycling.org website for a list of coaches in your area, then from there, call down the list and give them your requirements. You'll find someone.

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How does one go about finding a trainer, coach, or sports physician that

a) is within reasonable driving distance (so I can visit them),
b) REALLY has experience and a record of success with handling cycling problems like patellar tendonitis, and
c) does not require a long-term (e.g., six months) agreement before they will see you?

For example, I live a few hours from several rather large southern cities and would be eager to drive to any of them to get some help, but I can't seem to find anyone via the internet that fits the bill.
Have you checked with local athletic groups/clubs? In my area, we have quite a few in the medical profession who are also athletes, hence understand how to and enjoy treating other athletes. When I was a competitive runner, it was podiatrists like the famous Dr. Richard Schuster of NY, and Dr. Stephen Subotnick of California who kept me on the road.
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