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Is it smart to ride through an injury.(5 posts)

Is it smart to ride through an injury.Groucho Marx
Mar 22, 2001 10:39 AM
Albeit not a bad one. A bruised calf (if thats how you spell it), but:

Just one question: Is it better to ride through the injury (kindof minor) so as not to lose any training time, or to just let it heal so it might heal faster, and lose some training time.

(Leg got squished while doing homework!)
A bruise is not generally bad but ...Humma Hah
Mar 22, 2001 10:47 AM
I'll ride thru bruises or general soreness, but something actually injured (strains, or joint impact injuries) should be allowed to heal. Riding with the minor bruises, or just with lactic acid burn from hard exertion, helps build your tolerance for pain and gives you a nice endorphin addiction, so you can't give up the sport.

I did keep going a couple of weekends ago, about 40 miles with a knee problem (have about decided it was an irritated IT band). I favored it, pushing the bike uphill rather than trying to fight the pain of stand-climbing. Nevertheless, it made me pay the price that evening and for a couple of days after. I'm giving it a weekend off, while working on some stretches to prevent recurrence.
I second that. (nm)simstress
Mar 22, 2001 1:39 PM
re: Is it smart to ride through an injury.Akirasho
Mar 22, 2001 10:48 AM
... depends.

There's no one right answer here. It would depend on the type and intensity of training, the type of injury, the time to heal said injury...

I'd say. use common sense with respect to the type of injury and listen to your body. Instead of an intense workout, perhaps a bit of LSD would be of benefit... then again, maybe a few days rest is all it will take.

What kind of HW squishes legs now? Skool shur has chainged...

Be the bike.
did in december '00, and it healed way fast.Haiku d'état
Mar 22, 2001 11:31 AM
fell over on my mtb and protected the bike with my knee. frozen ground. it was way swollen and there was some funny movement in there just below the kneecap (that's the most technical term i know for that part of my anatomy). walked about a mile back to the car, then RICE for the next 24 hours (rest, ice, compression, elevation). had to see the doc 3 days later for something unrelated, he said it was just some deep tissue bruising, to get back on and spin easy. after a couple days, all the bruising and pain were gone. funny, it takes me a few more days than most folks to heal, but not that time.

not sure how hw affected you, but my december injury was impact related, so this might not apply.

good luck.