Dealing With Sports Injuries: Mental and Physical Challenges

Experiencing any kind of sports injury, especially before a big event or race, can be a difficult obstacle to overcome. Whether it’s the mental challenges that come with facing the fact that you may have to delay or call off your plans or the physical ones associated with the rehab and recovery process, how you deal with injuries will be one of the most important aspects of how you train. Here are a couple first hand accounts, one past and one current, of knee injuries that threatened to derail plans months in the making and how to deal with it when you find yourself in a similar situation.
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The Smidsy

A few weeks ago I witnessed a motorcycle accident. I have been in an accident in the past (hit from behind on my Triumph America), but this was the first serious motorcycle accident I witnessed as a bystander. Needless to say, it was quite upsetting. I was heading east along a 4 lane road (2 lanes east, 2 lanes west) and there was a Harley Electra Glide driving alone in the oncoming direction. At the same time, a lady was pulling out of a shopping complex on the north side of the street. She looked both ways, and then shot out to get in to the eastbound lane, crossing the westbound lane in the process. Unfortunate for the Electra Glide rider, she pulled out right in front of him. He tried to swerve to avoid but hit the back end of her car, was thrown off the motorcycle and tumbled
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50 Tips For Riding Across America!

Are you a petrol head who loves to ride bikes? Fancy a new challenge that you’ll remember forever? Then get yourself to the good old U.S of A, hire a bike and take the plunge into cross country motorcycle ride! Before you go, however, there are a few things you should remember and consider and, because we’re so kind, they’ve been sorted for you in a handy list below. 1. Fly to America; it’s pretty hard to ride across the country if you don’t get up and go. 2. Rent a bike – again, impossible to trek across America without one. 3. Choose carefully. Don’t go for sporty or hard-riding; you need comfort. 4. Cruiser or bruiser: make sure the bike is a gran-tourer type to protect your bum, particularly if you plan on any Iron Butts. 5. Make sure you give yourself at least two weeks to complete the
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Motocross: Motorcycling as an Extreme Sport

For the uninitiated, Motocross is an extreme sport where riders take specially designed motorcycles around an outdoor off-road track. The track will contain any number of corners, and most have jumps that the rider goes up and over. Motocross differs from standard road biking in many different aspects. This includes everything from the gear used to the type of riding performed and even how the engine is set up. What is motocross? Motocross (often written as MX) is a form of motorcycling. Motocross itself is done on an off-road circuit, and involves multiple riders racing each other around it. A motocross circuit contains banked corners (known as berms), many sharp corners and large hills, some of which are used as jumps. Motocross is a very demanding sport as the whole body is used during competition. Motocross riders need to be strong and agile in order to throw themselves and the
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Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

It’s not necessarily easy, but cold weather, winter riding is definitely doable. Though much of the U.S. has been experiencing somewhat of an Indian Summer, Beijing has still been pretty cold this winter, as low as 5 degrees Farenheit (-15C), however that hasn’t stopped me from commuting daily on my Jincheng JC250-6! The single biggest danger when riding in the winter is probably black ice, which is an ice patch that blends in with the color of the pavement and thus you have no idea what’s coming when you hit it. Luckily for me though Beijing has been almost entirely devoid of moisture and so the bitter cold and harsh winds have been the only challenges I’ve had to contend with. To get a good breakdown of tips for winter riding, I highly recommend reading book Proficient Motorcycling: The Guide to Riding Well by David L. Hough. This is a
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