Ben Ward

APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist | Director

Ben is the owner/operator of Cycle DynamicsHe is a graduate of the University of Queensland, completing his undergraduate physiotherapy degree with first class honours in 2005 and a post-graduate masters degree in the field of sports physiotherapy in 2009, the latter qualification gaining him titled membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association as an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in 2010. Along the way he also completed the Level 1 and 2 Road & Track Cycling coaching courses and holds current accreditation as a Level 2 coach.

His interest in bike fitting and cycling injuries came about early in his undergraduate physiotherapy degree, having taken up competitive road and then track cycling 2-3 years prior and being subsequently fitted for a custom steel racing bicycle. This interest in bike fit and its relationship to injury was strengthened after personally suffering a series of recurrent cycling-related lower limb injury problems. Whilst these issues ultimately caused him to cease riding competitively at the time, they gave him valuable first-hand experience managing the significant inter-dependency that exists between various aspects of bike fit and other factors (e.g. training load, recovery etc.). In the years since he has remained actively involved in cycling on a mostly recreational basis but competes in road time trial events on occasion.

In addition to operating Cycle Dynamics, Ben also provides general physiotherapy services under the business name Ben Ward Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He also works periodically for The University of Queensland as a clinical educator within the Master of Physiotherapy (Sports) program. In this role he supervises postgraduate sports physiotherapy students during their clinical placements and provides a lecture on basic cycling analysis and fit.

Training / Qualifications

  • Master of Physiotherapy (Sports) – 2009
  • Level 2 Road and Track Cycling coaching accreditation 2009
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1st class honours) – 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