At Press Play Lab, your fitter does not only know bikes, he or she knows the body. You will be fit by a medical professional who has the knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy, faulty movements, and injury assessment and treatments.
Physical Therapy/Chiropractic Bike Fitters know when an issue is caused by a bike fit and when it is caused by dysfunction of the body and mechanics. Our goal is to optimize your fit which may mean treatment or exercises off the bike or drills and exercises on the bike. If we find dysfunction (functional leg length, weakness, stability, or restricted joint movement) we can accommodate the bike fit however, you will leave with exercises to correct the dysfunction and thus be more likely to have an optimally fitting bike and pedal stroke.
Allan Wetzel, PT
Dr. Wetzel’s interest in road cycling began shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. After working for two years in academic biochemistry, he completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015 at Arcadia University in Philadelphia, PA. Personal experience with injury and treatment helped him realize early that you are given one body and to maintain long-term physical health and the capacity to stay active, it is paramount to take care of it. His philosophy is that every body has different abilities determined by genetics, childhood development, injuries, and long-standing lifestyle factors and movement patterns. Each person and his/her body needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine how to optimize the health of their movement system.
Through his interest is in orthopedics and treating the root cause of symptoms, he became interested in learning the true cause of cycling injuries and suboptimal performance. He uses biomechanical analysis, patient education and the most current evidence to achieve superior outcomes. Many years of learning about performance training, programming, and nutrition preceded his interest in cycling and this experience allows him to transfer that knowledge to cycling analysis and bike fitting.
Allan takes pride in helping people and is happy to have the opportunity to serve SF Bay Area cyclists so their love for the bike never fades.
Arcadia University – Philadelphia, PA
Doctor of Physical Therapy – 2012-2015
University of California Berkeley – Berkeley, CA
Molecular and Cell Biology – 2006-2010
NASM Certified Personal Trainer – 2006
AHA CPR and BLS Certified – 2006-2017
Maitland Manual Therapy Technique
Direct Release Myofascial Technique
Biomechanical Analysis of the Foot and Ankle for the Runner
McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT)
BikeFit – Foot/Pedal Interface
The Knee – Injuries Unique to Knee Structure and Function
Functional Movement Screen
Kinesiology Tape Applications
Allan is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Orthopedic Section of the APTA