How to avoid mountain biking injuries - Part I
In spite of being a popular and enjoyable sports activity there is no doubt that mountain biking can be quite dangerous. Riding up or down a steep narrow path with high speed can be an amazing and adrenaline-full experience. Yet, if the bike rider isn‘t aware of the risks and hazard of bike injuries, he is definitely prone to be part of the yearly statistics of injured mountain bikers.
In our next two posts we‘ll try to expand your awareness on how to avoid injuries while mountain biking.
Avoiding neck pains
Neck pains are one of the most common pains felt by bike riders. Neck pains can be a result of mental and/or physical tension or as a result of riding in an incorrect posture. A lot of riders feel neck and shoulder pains after staying in one riding position for a few hours. Here are a few tips to avoid neck and shoulder pains:
- While riding, put your hands on the top of the handlebar and sit in a position that your back is straight. Loosen your right shoulder; push your right arm down as much as you can while leaning your head left. You‘ll feel a stretch on your right neck. After a break of about a minute, do the opposite stretch on your left side.
- Don‘t stay in one riding position for more than half an hour. At least once an hour get off your bike to stretch out a bit.
In our next post, we‘ll write about how to avoid back and knee pains and injuries. As all advice given on our site, this information should not replace any professional advice. I recommend participating the sessions given by mountain biking instructors on avoiding injuries in Morzine.
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