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Cycling injuries

Our Partner Victory Endurance, he sends us an article about injuries in cliclismo, we hope you find it useful.

Analyzing the hours that are invested in an outing by bicycle, it is in the sport in which we easily invest a large part of them. If we quantify the times that we make force on the pedals with reference to an optimal cadence of 90-100 pedals per minute, we do around 6.000 push-ups on the knees at the time, an amount more than important to give the attention it requires to this movement , trying to do it in the best possible way.

The biomechanical studies show that an optimal pedaling is one in which the legs rise and fall perfectly aligned like a piston, performing a perfectly symmetrical movement with both legs.

Any movement that escapes from that verticality supposes a loss in the force that is transmitted to the pedals and can become harmful for the different structures of the locomotor apparatus involved in pedaling. Unwanted movements can alter the alignment of the kneecap's path when flexing the knee, which can cause inflammation and consequent pain.

Tension tendonitis of the fascia lata

Pain in the external face of the knee with affection of the iliotibial band that is an extension of the tensor muscle of the facia lata, and we say that it tends to "give the can" to runners but also to cyclists.

It is easy for the inflammation of the tendon to be accompanied by an inflammation of the bursa or pad that reduces the friction between the tendon and the rest of the knee structures.

The causes, like most tendonitis, tend to be excessive "over-training" solicitation without proper rest, strenuous training, defective pedaling technique, or, most frequently, cycling shoes without forefoot varus correction or pronation movement. . Varicose wedges are very useful to prevent this pathology.

(Alberto Cebollada)
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