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I just crashed pretty hard. Any tips?

Old 07-05-12, 07:07 PM
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I just crashed pretty hard. Any tips?

Braking into a crack that the guy in front of me did not signal... But I can't really blame anyone but myself.

My lower left back muscle hurts a bit, I assume it will hurt a lot tomorrow, any times on what to do to mitigate this? Heat? Stretching?

I got a tiny patch of road-rash on my shoulder, just enough to feel hardcore. Cleaned it and covered it.
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Braking into a crack that the guy in front of me did not signal... But I can't really blame anyone but myself.

My lower left back muscle hurts a bit, I assume it will hurt a lot tomorrow, any times on what to do to mitigate this? Heat? Stretching?

I got a tiny patch of road-rash on my shoulder, just enough to feel hardcore. Cleaned it and covered it.
Most important part. Yep, it hurts but still it must be cleaned very well, then kept covered with some antibiotic cream. Dressing changed at least once a day.
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Watch the TDF, with guys riding with broken wrists and AC seperations. That should make you feel better!
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Old 07-05-12, 07:18 PM
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Watch the TDF, with guys riding with broken wrists and AC seperations. That should make you feel better!
Haha yes, but that's not on until 4 in the morning!
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I guess your name isn't Hoogerland.
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Oh.

How is the bike?

Did you mess that up?
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You've missed the window for ice by now.

Do a light ride and some mild stretching the next day. Take your time stretching and pay attention to twinges.

If you have pain, stop. If it persists see a professional.

Don't sit around and let everything tighten up. Even taking a walk will help because you need to move blood through the muscle to flush out the damaged cells and bring nutrients and building materials to the area to repair the damage.

Drink water but not alcohol.

Protein shakes (or the like) are the order of the day.
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There's a thread about this stickied here or in the racing forum.
 
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Oh.

How is the bike?

Did you mess that up?
The bike seems... Ok. Wheel needs a true and the tape is ripped. I think the derailler cage or the hanger may be bent.
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TagaDerm for road rash, worth every penny and then some. best, fastest, cleanest way to grow new skin without scabbing over a wound.
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TagaDerm for road rash, worth every penny and then some. best, fastest, cleanest way to grow new skin without scabbing over a wound.
+1,000,000
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bong hits!
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Do not use heat. It may feel good in the short term, but it makes inflammation worse. I disagree that you have missed the window for ice. Ice can always help bring down swelling, as any person who's done physical therapy knows. I'd use ice and take some ibuprofen and relax. It it hurts badly I'd see a doctor.
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bong hits!
Good guess, but he already told us the cause of the accident.
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Good guess, but he already told us the cause of the accident.
Crack right? That stuff is dangerous.
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Crack right? That stuff is dangerous.
You guys are so clever, I can't even comprehend how clever you guys are.
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If your left back muscle acts up in a day or two, you might want to visit a physical therapist familiar with sports injuries.

Quite often if an injury is debilitating enough, you compensate your posture to favor the injury and in the process, injury a muscle or ligament that you are not used to using. A skilled physical therapist, or coach, can guide you to proper recovery without injuring yourself differently in the process.

Good luck with the road rash.

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TagaDerm for road rash, worth every penny and then some. best, fastest, cleanest way to grow new skin without scabbing over a wound.
What size do you guys typically buy to keep on hand (just in case)?
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Yeah, here's a tip, Celtic Pride in the 4th at Belmont tomorrow.
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take two aleive and a hot bath...then ride....
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Tagaderm is over for me, get the liquid band aid and it also has stuff in it to prevent infection....You wont have to worry about changing that annoying tagerderm too.It wont even come off in the shower.Dries fast.
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