How to avoid mountain biking injuries - Part II
In the first part of this post, we wrote about the importance of your awareness on mountain biking injuries. We gave a few tips on how to avoid neck injuries. In this post, we‘ll give a few pointers on how to avoid back and knee injuries while riding.
Avoiding knee pains and injuries
There is hardly no field of sports that doesn‘t involve risk of knee pains or injuries, mountain biking in Morzine les gets is definitely one of them. The main cause of knee pains among bike riders and mountain bikers in particular is that their seat is too high or too low. Improper seat height leads to improper leg extension, which is a direct cause of knee pains. As we all know, the ideal height of the saddle is the height which allows your leg to be almost straight while pushing the pedals all the way down. Another important way to avoid knee pains is to perform stretches before and after riding.
Avoiding back pains
Back pains are usually related to our riding posture. Besides changing our riding position once in a while and getting off the bike at least once an hour, I recommend strengthening your abdominal muscles. The more the muscles in our stomach are stronger; they will be able to give more support instead of only our back taking the ‘heat‘. Consult any sports instructor for the proper abdominal exercise for you.
As written in the beginning of this article, the most important part of avoiding injuries is awareness to the probability of them occurring. Participating in lectures and workshops on injury prevention and sports health can enrich your knowledge on this subject. There are many options to learn a lot more on healthy riding in many opportunities in Morzine.
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