How Lance Armstrong Prevents Injury

Browsing quotes by Lance Armstrong, you're sure to find a favorite amongst cyclists:  "A bicycle is the long-sought means of transportation for all of us who have runaway hearts".  However, you won't find the pro cyclist advocating knee pain running amuck. Armstrong is a strong proponent for preventive measures from knee injury to cancer. Cycling bikes like Lance Armstrong overuses the ligaments in the knee resulting in weakness. This weakening in the ligaments makes the biker highly susceptible to knee pains and at increased risk for injury to the knee. Chondromalacia patella commonly known as runner's knee is a patellofemoral syndrome just as likely to affect one who is engaged in cycling bicycles as running. Preventive measures such as stretching, proper body alignment and wearing knee braces for athletic activities serve to reduce injury as well as strengthen knee joints. The use of knee braces and knee guards have been proven effective in tightening, strengthening and stabilizing the kneecap. Stabilization post-injury followed by gradual strengthening of the ligaments are imperative if full recovery and return to normal activity level are to be achieved. In the US, the most common knee disorder is patellofemoral joint pain stemming from patellofemoral dysfunction. Over 1/4 of all sports knee injuries treated at clinics in the past 5 years originated from the patellofemoral region. The first sign is usually anterior knee pain. Bicycle cycling can produce knee pain running along the patellar tendon to well above the kneecap. Ligamentous injuries are sprains producing pain in the knee typically halting bike activity. Low intensity sprains are effectively treated with splinting and icing. However, more severe sprains in certain areas like the ACL, a ligament of the knee, don't respond to conservative treatment. Knee surgery followed by lengthy rehabilitation including the wearing of sports support devices such as a knee brace is usually necessary for both ACL and MCL injuries. Untreated sprains typically develop into IBS.  Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic thigh injury common amongst participants in sporting activities such as bicycling, running, or hiking. IBS sufferers experience severe pain above the joint on the exterior portion of the knee. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, prevention of recurrent knee pain problems is best accomplished through the reestablishment and maintenance in knee fitness with flexibility, strength and proprioception. These three factors are effectively addressed by the utilization of a knee brace while participating in athletic activities such as performance cycling. Disclaimer: The opinions offered is for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking care because of something you have read here.  

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