If you regularly exercised prior to becoming pregnant, it is beneficial for you and your baby to continue exercising at a safe level until birth. With this is mind, here are 10 tips for exercising during pregnancy.
The collarbone (clavicle) is a long, slender bone that runs from the breastbone to each shoulder. You can feel it at the top of your chest, just below your neck. Tough bands of tissue (ligaments) connect the collarbone to the breastbone and shoulder blades. Breaks to these bones are fairly common in cycling and are usually the result of a heavy fall or blow to the shoulder. It takes about 6-8 weeks to heal in adults, and 3-6 weeks in children.
Very often shoulder injuries are difficult to treat, all the more so in the case of a broken collarbone. The time patients need to recover can vary greatly. Unfortunately, in some cases, it may not heal at all. Factoring in periods of rehabilitation, overall recovery time can take from 12-16 weeks or more. Here you can read about a patient’s experience of recovering from a broken collarbone.
There are two main types of cycling injuries. Those caused by falling off (acute injury), which often result in fractures, contusions, abrasions and concussion. And then there are the more common overuse injuries caused by the repetitive nature of cycling including overtraining, biomechanical stresses (often due to muscle imbalances) and incorrect bike set-up.
Finally the Tour de France is here! The most important race in the cycling calendar is just around the corner. This means hours and hours spent in front of the TV or following live tweets and coverage. And lest not forget the endless attempts at replicating the professional riders’ performances at Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park. Here Team GB Triathlete Nick Busca tells us how he winds down after long cycling events.