Lance Armstrong was born on September 18, 1971 in Plano, Texas. At an early age he excelled in sports; running and swimming at age 10 and competitive cycling and triathlons at age 13. At 16, he became a triathlete, winning the national sprint course triathlon in 1989 and 1990. From 1999 to 2009, Armstrong won seven Tour de France titles; a long and difficult 12 stage race covering 1085 miles in 11 days. He was celebrated as the premier triathlete of our century and accumulated accolades from all over the world. How was all this achieved? Lance Armstrong had linear body mechanics.
When you have linear body mechanics, your weight bearing joints function around their anatomical (non twisting) neutral position. What this means to a bicyclist, is that as they apply a downward force on the pedal, the bottom surface of their foot remains parallel to the ground. This keeps their knee directly over their foot, their pelvis level (maintaining a central position on the seat) and level shoulders. This alignment allows their body to achieve maximum power and endurance with the least amount of wear and tear on their joints and least amount of strain on their muscles.
This means that linear body mechanics in bicycling is a critical component in performance. It’s no wonder that this crucial element to success is found not only in Lance Armstrong, but also many other Tour de France champions such as Sylvere Maes, Antonin Magne, Marco Pantani and Miguel Indurain.
Having Linear Body Mechanics, Lance Armstrong Had Everything He Needed For Top Cycling Performance
Armstrong was at the top. And then all that came to an end. He was charged and convicted of using the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that his sport had ever seen. Because of this, the head of the Tour de France stripped Armstrong of all his Tour de France titles.
Without blood doping, Armstrong would surely have achieved international recognition for his innate ability as an athlete and specifically, as a bicyclist. But what makes this even more tragic is that Lance Armstrong didn’t need to do blood doping as he had everything he needed for excellent sports performance innately built right into his body – linear body mechanics.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain
On January 17th, 2013, sports fans around the world were stunned as Lance Armstrong sat down for a video interview with Oprah Winfrey and admitted to using a range of banned substances for 13 years, including during each one of his Tour De France wins. His admission came after years of denial during which he engaged in what he termed “bullying” against people that accused him of doping. That bullying, in some cases, took the form of aggressive lawsuits during which Armstrong adamantly denied doping.
Armstrong had lost his trophy titles, many of his sponsors and likely his career. He will undoubtedly be sued. And it may all have been for nothing.
Medscape Today, in an article by Janice C. Kelley, reported that “The doping scandal that cost Lance Armstrong his 7 Tour de France cycling titles and raised the curtain on a sport apparently rife with secret use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) took an unexpected turn this week when Dutch researchers reported that EPO is unlikely to have much effect on elite athletes competing at Armstrong’s level.
rHuEPO became a sports-doping drug of choice after it was shown to increase red blood cell mass and exercise capacity in patients with anemia from chronic kidney disease. This is in part a result of an increase in patients’ maximal oxygen uptake (VO 2max), one of the factors in endurance performance.
However, elite athletes are not debilitated renal failure patients. Their VO 2max is already so high that adding rHuEPO has little effect, and marginal increases in VO 2max have little effect on performance, according to J.A.A.C. Heuberger, BSc, from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and colleagues.”