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dnjrboy



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Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:15 pm    Post subject: Neck Pain  Reply with quote

Anyone else get neck pain from looking in one direction all the time while pumping?  I run my body pretty much perpendicular to the direction I am moving and after a while, usually about an hour, my leading upper back, shoulder, and neck are pretty sore.  

I know I should be working on either mixing my position up a little or working on some switch riding, but sometimes you just want to get out and enjoy the pump not work on technique.

Any suggestions for good neck stretches?
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dogzep



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Location: Shady side Md.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:42 pm    Post subject: Sore neck Reply with quote

If you're not going to change your stance then as long as the trail is clear ahead every couple of minutes turn your head and look sideways for a few seconds. Occasionally I also look all the way back down the trail. Twisting
your head and neck down and back is also a good strech. The idea here is to start doing these before your neck gets tight/sore and you'll be able to go much longer with out soreness.With a little practice you can do this with-out loseing your pump or speed.However I recommend also twisting your shouders to face forward for brief periods so you can un-twist your neck.
Changeing foot position, stance and your pump style goes a long way to keep things good. You don't have to do anything different for long just change it up so you can keep going.I also push a couple of strides every 15 min or so alternating feet every other time  which keeps good blood flow going.That way an hour goes by easily and two or three aren't out of the question.
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B-Roc



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Resurrecting an old thread... Is this fairly common?  I just got a Carver setup yesterday, rode for an hour and my neck was killing me afterwards.  I ruptured disks in my neck back in 2008 and I'm now wondering if pumping is something I'm not going to be able to do as a result of the old disk problem or if I just need to work on my technique?
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dogzep



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its pretty much all technique and building up to it. When was the last time you kept your neck twisted for and hour?  Move your neck around and twist in other directions every few minutes and you'll notice less of a problem. Try forward facing foot stance every once in a while and you will get some much needed relief. Keep your shoulders relaxed and loose and you will have less pressure on your discs.
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B-Roc



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks

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