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TRIA Doctors Answer Your Cycling Questions

May 14, 2011

Knee pain is a common occurence this time of year. As the miles ramp up with the weather warming up, the tendency is to “over-do” the base mile training. Today, Dr. Anne Moore, CAQ, a sports medicine physician specializing in musculoskeletal primary care, assesses the solutions to cycling knee pain:

Knee pain which occurs with biking is often due to mechanical symptoms, involving both the bike itself and the biker. Proper bike fitting is critical in order to ensure the best alignment and limited load stress at the knee joint. Weakness through the core/pelvifemoral region can result in pain in the patellofemoral joint, tendons about the patella, or iliotibial band. While adequate training is necessary, physical therapy can be helpful to address musculoskeletal/biomechanical deficits. Although knee bracing can be helpful in the short run, physical therapy is more effective at fixing problems on a long term basis.

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What a Week of Racing!

June 24, 2010

Bob McEnaney, a Minneapolis-based cycling coach, contributor to the TRIA Orthopaedic Center blog and Nature Valley Grand Prix fan, has enjoyed another edition of the race. Here are his thoughts on the week that was:

The Nature Valley Grand Prix continued its tradition of delivering top notch racing and exciting action throughout each stage. Both the men’s and women’s races provided excitement to the large and appreciative crowds throughout the 5 days.

Watching each stage as I did (as well as being a rider host), I was impressed and amazed by the effort given by the riders, and their ability to bounce back the next day and do it all over again. We watch the Tour and the other major stage races on TV, but watching them live, up close and personal each day provides an insight that is impossible to pick up on TV, the computer or the magazines.

These riders are forced to ride hard every day, on challenging courses and in all weather conditions. They go back to their hotel or their host housing, recover, sleep and do it all again the next day at a different venue.

As a coach, I’m amazed at the fitness level of these riders. Their actual riding ability, including their bike handling skills is phenomenal. Their ability to generate huge amounts of power – again and again and again – is incredible. And one of the most amazing qualities I see is their ability to recover quickly.

Many cyclists can pull out a huge effort for a one day event. However, this huge energy expenditure can wipe them out for several days or more. So to see – first hand – these riders ability to bounce back is simply astounding.

These are exceptional athletes, there’s no question about this. We’re fortunate to have such a high quality and highly visible race in our own back yard. As cyclists, as athletes and as fans, we need to continue to embrace this race. We don’t know how lucky we are.

Congratulations to the race organizers. It’s difficult to imagine all that goes into putting on a world class event such as this. The number of details, questions, issues and complications they deal with on a daily basis, not only during the race, but the entire year leading up to the race is mind-boggling.

This was a fantastic race, as always. I’m already looking forward to the 2011 edition, and I hope you are as well!

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Ask the TRIA Orthopaedic Surgeon

June 11, 2010

Our latest entry deals with a common occurrence on long bike rides: pain in the upper back area. Cycling shouldn’t be a pain in the neck (or a pain in trapezius, either), so when these pains occur, it might be equipment or it might be musculoskeletal. For the answer to this question, we turned to Anne Moore, MD, CAQ, a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician at the TRIA Orthopaedic Center:

Symptoms of neck and trap issues while biking could be related to both musculoskeletal and equipment factors. If you are riding for a prolonged period of time in a constant position, muscles can become fatigued, sore and tight – sometimes even spasm. This is simply due to inadequate motion of the myotendinous (muscle/tendon) complex. However, if your bike does not fit you correctly, this can also precipitate symptoms. Inappropriate handle bar height, distance, or tilt, as well as incorrect seat positioning, can ultimately result in upper extremity strain/pain. You may want to consider a formal bike fitting to assess for positioning errors. Changing upper body positioning and stretching while you ride will also help reduce neck and upper trap symptoms.

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