With sport comes bodily wear and injury. Cycling is no exception, causing stress on the body frame, especially in specific areas such as the legs and hands. Some rookie mistakes are expected, but some lead to stress and harm to areas of the body. Avoid stress and seek resolution, reading about common novice pain areas.
Regular cyclers avoid hand pain by wearing gloves, redistributing body weight and taping handlebars. Due to the posture of cycling, riders place emphasis toward the front, supporting weight on their hands, easy to withstand for a few minutes, yet through the passage of hours and weeks of riding, hands begin hurting and throbbing.
First, try a different posture. If that doesn’t help alleviate pain, pad handlebars with grip tape available at cycling stores (Visit SportPursuit to read more about cycling solutions.) Lastly, gel-padded gloves place less stress on hands, escaping eventual breakdown and potential long-term problems.
Cyclist legs pump hard, with movement influencing the strength and growth of the buttocks muscles. A smaller muscle, aiding the leg in stretching outward, gets influenced, dwarfed by the enlarged buttocks muscles. Cyclists lessen hip pain by strengthening piriformis muscles demands strengthening.
Get on your back, cross a leg over the other, pulling the lower leg in for added stretch. Seek yoga and other muscle strengthening resources for additional piriformis exercises. Some sports, such as jiu-jitsu, involve frequent hip movement, thus strengthening those areas. Cycling’s emphasis on a particular posture strengthens some muscles but dwarfs others.
Depending on one’s anatomy and athletic past, the muscles in the leg are foreign or accustomed to cycling movements. Those new to the sport report pain in several areas of the knee, the kneecap being one. If muscles surrounding the cap are not trained or accustomed to the constant and intense cycling movements, the back of the kneecap rubs against adjacent bone, irritating or inflaming cartilage.
Inflammation is immediately treated by RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation), an acronym for a number of suggested and simple solutions. However, a deeper problem may regard the measurements of one’s bike. For example, buying a second-hand cycle, or new product without getting measured personally, is a path to rookie injury. Experienced cyclers exact proper technique as well as ride custom-fitted products.
Proper posture of cycling puts pressure on the neck, especially after long periods. Therefore, like the hip muscle, riders counter muscle lethargy with strengthening exercises. Taking to the floor, slowly raise the head toward one’s toes, holding the pose for ten seconds, ten times each day.
Rookies are destined to make mistakes. However, making an incorrect traffic gesticulation differs from placing unnecessary strain on one’s body. Stay on the road and out of emergency and operating rooms, learning proper form, common ailments, and easy solutions to reverse rookie mistakes.
In addition to visiting more literature, consider riding with a friend or larger crew, those who can provide extra insight and address your rookie mistakes. Moreover, additional cyclers will ensure you keep an avid perspective regarding your new hobby.
John Larson is a biking enthusiast. He often writes about his years of experience on two wheels and his articles appear on various sporting blogs.