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MEDICAL CONDITIONS TO WATCH OUT FOR


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The key to avoiding injury while on tour is to be cautious. Stay alert and stay within your own physical limits. Most of the injuries occurred by touring cyclists are caused by lack of preparation and/or experience. The best cure for all of the injuries listed below is rest.

SADDLE PAIN

Key to avoid saddle pain is to find a comfortable, adequately padded saddle and get used to it gradually. Most touring rookies have to work through a little pain until their bodies are used to the feeling of the saddle. Start out slowly and take frequent breaks. If the discomfort still continues, you should consider in trying a newer saddle.

KNEE SORENESS

Knee soreness can be caused by tendonitis or a number of other use-related ailments. The best thing is to train slowly, effectively, and adequately. Slow down as soon as any pain develops. Pain could also come from a poorly adjusted saddle. Make sure that your bike is set up correctly.

GENERAL MUSCLE ACHE

Back aches, neck aches, and shoulder aches commonly experienced by novice cyclists are usually caused by poor training. Best way to avoid these problems is to start your training early. Continued problems might require that your bicycle be readjusted.

NUMBNESS

Numbness in arms, hands, and/or toes is another problem of novice cycle tourists. This loss of feeling is from excessive or prolonged pressure on certain blood vessels and nerves. To avoid any numbness, you need to pad the affected areas and/or to change riding positions frequently while riding. Continued problems might require bicycle readjustment.

TENDONITIS

This is an inflammation to any tendon. In cycling, it mostly refers to tendons in your ankles and knees. It is usually called by over use such as pushing too hard in too high of a gear or cycling without much proper training. The key to avoiding this problem is to take it easy and to push your physical limits gradually instead of all at once.




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