Our Partner Victory Endurance, he sends us an article about injuries in cliclismo, we hope you find it useful.
Analyzing the hours invested in a bike trip, it is in the sport in which we easily invest a large part of them. If we quantify the times that we exert force on the pedals, having as reference an optimal cadence of 90-100 pedaled per minute, we do around 6.000 knee bends at the hour, an amount more than important to pay the attention that requires this movement , trying to do it in the best possible way.
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 goes out of that verticality implies a loss in the force that is transmitted to the pedals and can become harmful to the different structures of the musculoskeletal system involved in pedaling. Unwanted movements can alter the alignment of the path that the kneecap does when flexing the knee, and can cause inflammation with the resulting pain.
Tension tendonitis of the fascia lata
Pain in the external face of the knee with involvement of the iliotibial belt that is an extension of the tensor muscle of the canned facia, and we say that it usually "gives the can" to runners but also to cyclists.
It is easy for inflammation of the tendon to be accompanied by an inflammation of the bursa or pad that reduces friction between the tendon and the rest of the knee structures.
The causes such as most tendinitis tend to be excessive "training" solicitation without proper rest, strenuous training, defective pedaling technique, or most commonly wear cycling shoes without correction of the forefoot varus or pronation movement . Varizing wedges are very useful to prevent this pathology.