Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 44

44 | Cycling World Cycling Injuries The best type of support for cycling M any athletes, including runners and footballers, who have suffered from knee problems turn to cycling as a ‘low impact’ sporting option, but it is not altogether risk- free of injury. According to Road Cycling UK, the knee joint is particularly susceptible to injury and many cyclists are affected by some degree of knee pain, but this is often preventable and even if not prevented, can usually be successfully treated. Michael Core from Össur Webshop takes you through the various types of support used to prevent and treat injuries in the third instalment of our look into cycling injuries. During cycling, the knee is repeatedly bent and stretched, and this can cause some of the muscles and tendons around it to become overloaded. If you experience knee problems even once and are satisfied that your bicycle is set up correctly with the pedal cleats and saddle positioned correctly, you may need a patella or knee brace. Knee braces are designed to compress or stabilise the knee, or to carry out both functions (depending on the design selected). Compression knee braces Compression knee braces can help to reduce in ammation and swelling following an in ury, and also help to reduce pain. These braces are frequently used when a cyclist has a relatively mild sprain or slight weakness of the knee. Compression braces can have a closed or open patella. An open patella can provide compression without putting pressure on the kneecap, with some braces having a padded area (or buttress) around the patella for increased comfort. A gap over the patella can help to ensure that it stays in the proper position and is aligned correctly. In other braces, a gel cushion over the patella can perform a similar function whilst providing protection from impact as well. Sometimes, no specific in ury has been diagnosed, but there is a feeling of instability in the knee and a compression knee brace will provide the low level of support that is needed for comfort. These types of braces are typically sleeve-based in that they can be pulled on and manoeuvred into place. The materials will differ depending on the brand chosen but neoprene is often used to maintain its shape, as the last thing you want is a kne R'&6RFB2&vw@6Ɨ2FvW"VrFW&R&R6R&W7RFW&0FR&WB7V62&6v6&R&WFVB0W&f&6R'&6rFW6vVBFffW"vW"WfV`6&W76B'&VF&ƗG6&VBFG2V&VP6VFW''B