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About Ben Ward

APA Sports Physiotherapist | Director

Ben Ward - Cycle DynamicsBen Ward is an APA Sports Physiotherapist and accredited Level 2 Road and Track Cycling Coach.

He became involved in competitive road and track cycling at the age of 19, transitioning to the sport from a middle-distance running background. Two years later he commenced his undergraduate physiotherapy training at the University of Queensland with the goal of becoming a sports physiotherapist. His first exposure to bike fitting occurred early in his degree when he was sized-up for a custom racing bicycle and subsequently developed a keen interest in the field, reading widely on the topic, experimenting with his own fit and becoming accredited as a Level 1 Road and Track Cycling Coach.

Following his graduation in 2005, Ben commenced working in private practice where he began offering basic cycling analysis and bike fitting services. The number of clients seeking these services increased steadily and soon reached the point where a dedicated space and separate business identity was required, and so in 2007 Cycle Dynamics came into existence.

In 2008/9, Ben went on to complete post-graduate training in the field of sports physiotherapy and gained accreditation as a Level 2 Coach. The former equipping him with advanced clinical reasoning skills and the latter a deeper knowledge of cycling and the differing demands of its various sub-disciplines and events. Outside of running his own business, since 2012 Ben has also been engaged periodically by the Master or Physiotherapy (Sports) degree program at The University of Queensland as a clinical educator, providing clinical supervision of postgraduate sports physiotherapy students and lecturing on cycling analysis and basic bike fit.

In the course of his professional bike fitting/physiotherapy practice, Ben has observed that both shorter and taller riders appear to have differing injury profiles and pose greater bike fitting challenges on standard equipment compared to those of typical male stature. This area has received little attention in the scientific literature and so he applied to undertake a PhD at the University of Queensland (UQ) and Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), commencing his candidature in early 2016.

Over the years Ben has remained actively involved in cycling, although mostly in a recreational capacity since the mid-2000’s. As of 2019 he has resumed competitive cycling at a masters level, focusing on road time trial events.

Personal bikes 

  • Llewellyn road bike (custom steel)
  • Colossi road bike (custom stainless steel)
  • Neil Pryde Bayamo TT bike
  • Cannondale F4 hard-tail MTB
  • Specialized steel track bike/fixie

Training / Qualifications

  • PhD candidate – University of Queensland (UQ) / Queensland Academy of Sport (2016 to present)
  • Level 1 Strength & Conditioning coaching accreditation (2015)
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound 5-day workshop – Australian Institute of Ultrasound (2010)
  • Master of Physiotherapy (Sports) – UQ (2009)
  • Level 2 Road and Track Cycling coaching accreditation (2008)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1st class honours) – UQ (2005)
  • Level 1 Road and Track Cycling coaching accreditation – 2003

Publications

  1. Ward, B.P., Connick, M.J. & Vicenzino, B. Neuromusculoskeletal Symptoms and Bike Fit on Drop Bar 700c Road Bicycles: A Retrospective Case Audit Investigating Associations with Sex and Stature. In: Proceedings of the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics; 2017 July 23-27; Brisbane, Australia; pg. 522; Available from: http://www.biomech2017.com/downloads/ISB2017-Full-Abstract-Book.pdf