23/08/2008 at 21:00
I've had this problem for over a year now. The problem stemmed from not stroking properly and breathing on one side.
What have i done to alleviate this problem? I've learnt to high elbow catch for one. This puts much less pressure on the
shoulder joints as you push through the stroke rather pull your body along. The shoulder is designed better for pushing than
pulling. I learnt to do this off 'you tube' watching the pros, and dave scott's stuff. Also through swimplan.com, good drills for
getting the catch and, and recovery right, and pushing through the water. It's free too.
I was also visiting the british school of osteopathy, they tried for about two the months. They managed to reduce the pain, but never get rid of it.
Then i saw an osteopath in winchester. He was very gently, then he asked, 'did i mind acupuncture?' To which I replied 'try anything!'
About two days later I could move that arm like I hadn't moved it for about 6 months. I was amazed!!!!
I started playing some cricket this year and it made things bad again. Back on the osteo table. He works on it a little. However, it's maintenance depends on my stroke action. Bi-lateral breathing has made a massive difference, it helps keep my shoulder muscles balanced. I find the point of pain in the 'long head bicep tendon' which is what your all refering to, is when I extend my arm recovery of my stroke to just prior to the catch. My body is rotated and it squeezes the joint there. This happens if I don't 'extend to air properly' and try to catch too early. Also I find I must try and keep my arm in the plane if it's shoulder, and not moving toward the centre line, as is my natural inclination.
However, like others have said it's also down to good stretching and keeping the muscle loose, and trying to stay relaxed in the water.
I really hope this helps, I know the pain, I've had it both shoulders and it awful. But my does get better with treatment and care.
Like the osteo, I can't just stick a pin in it and make it better everytime. You have to look after it.
04/08/2008 at 08:40
dave scott and gale bernhardt....various programmes
04/08/2008 at 08:23
Yes I can recommend Swimplan too. Really good and helpful very simple.
03/08/2008 at 07:06
15 x 100m swim sets plus 1hr run
02/08/2008 at 18:53
The difference in groupsets is predominantly down to weight and quality of material. Therefore you might want to look at your
gear ratios rather than change groupsets. The point previsouly made about weight off the individual is the best point made.
The next thing to change is wheels. You be better off saving weight here than anywhere else, as it's rotating weight, a pound off
here is like two off the bike.
02/08/2008 at 18:53
Thought I would chip in my two peneth worth here as my knees click and I get considerable pain after cycling.
The problem has now largely been resolved. I was using SPD pedals, two sided pedals, now I've swapped
to Keo single sided, this has made a massive difference as the SPD puts big pressure on the knee joint.
You may already have single sided pedals?
I mentioned it to my osteopath too, and he gave me some yoga exercises. Basically you raise your
thigh till parallel to the ground and keep your calf relaxed then swinging in gently forward and back, then swing it side to
side, relaxed and like pendulum. Then kick your bum on your heel three times then shake it out. Sounds a bit freaky
perhaps but it's worked for me.
Hope it helps, but good luck with it.
02/08/2008 at 18:36
check out this little baby.....
it does it all for you......
31/07/2008 at 23:33
10 mile TT on my new Cannondale Slice!!! Should be interesting as I did the same TT last week on my road bike.
Hoping to edge a little closer to evens!!!
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