Osteoarthritis, commonly known as wear-and-tear, is a condition in which the natural cushioning between joints, the cartilage, becomes worn. When this happens, the bones of the joints rub more closely against one another with less of the shock-absorbing benefits of cartilage. The rubbing results in pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased mobility and, sometimes, the formation of bone spurs.
The graph above represents the power output, which can also be thought of as the intensity of an activity (x-axis), with regard to the corresponding heart rate (left axis) and lactate produced (right axis).
Having previously talked about the importance of the gluteal (bum) muscles. Now I’m going to look at this from the aspect of cycling, during the initial phase of cycling (12-4 o’clock) the glutes were an important muscle group for generating power, and by improving one’s ability to deliberately activate these muscles and improve their strength/power, one could reduce quadriceps (thigh) fatigue and improve cycling power output and performance. Frustratingly having looked extensively over the past week for some body of QUALITY research that would back up these ideas, I have found it a fruitless task.
More and more of us nowadays are braving the Dublin roads and donning our cycling gear as a way of commuting as well as a recreational activity. In this month’s blog we want to look at some Do’s and Don’ts of cycling.
John Hynes will be participating in the Liverpool to Chester Cycle on Sunday, July 7 to raise money for St. Luke’s Hospital in Dublin.
The facility provides essential treatment for those dealing with cancer and the Tipperary native was only happy to get involved in generating funds for a worthy cause.
“”St Luke’s has been helping people from all over Ireland since opening in 1954,” John said. “Money raised through charity events such as this cycle go towards enhancing the care and comfort of patients.”
A keen cyclist, John has suffered from a few knee injuries over the years.
“Thankfully excellent treatment and advice from Peak Physio has helped me to recover,” he explains. “I’ve been doing plenty of training to be ready for the cycle and lots of people have been very, very generous with their donations. For example, Peak Physio pledged €240.”
At the time of writing the total stands at over €850. “I thought €200 would be a reasonable target,” John continues. “To get as much as we have so far shows how charitable people are, especially in these tough economic times. Thanks to everyone.”