Injury

I USED TO BE A VERY GOOD UNICYCLIST BACK IN THE DAY. When I was 19 I was
unicycling on some icy streets and I slipped and fell. I was training to
join the Circus. When I slipped I happened to fall into traffic and got hit
by a car going 45 MPH. Luckily he only hit the side of me. But I will never
Cycle again. Instead of joing the Circus I had to settle for going to school
at CMU. Life is hard. Where in Pittsburgh are there places to watch and hang
out with unicyclists? I’d appreciate any leads. Thanks,

-Bummed

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Re: Injury

Hi,

I couldn’t agree more about the wrist guards. Last week I managed to snap one of
the splints in my wrist guards during a fall, but my wrist was fine.

-Kris.

— John Hooten <jhooten@softcom.net> wrote:
> John Foss wrote:
>
> >
> > This is a story you might want to repeat to the
> newsgroup. If not
> > anything else, it’s an example of one of the types of
> injuries unicyclists can
> > get.
>
> While riding a 24" Miyata in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade with a bunch of
> the Northern California Mountain Unicyclers I managed to have a disagreement
> with the asphalt. I’m not sure exactly how it happened. I was goofing around
> and needed to back away from another rider. When I attempted to take my foot
> off the pedal and step down my foot seemed to be stuck to the pedal. I was
> leaning too far back at the moment and started to fall. I must have put my arm
> back to break the fall, although I’m not really sure, and went down moderately
> hard. I got up quickly and noticed that my left wrist felt as if it might be
> sprained. I was able to move it around pretty well, so I got back on my uni
> and finished the parade (about 1/3 mile, I think). About half way through that
> last stretch the parade stopped and the pain in the wrist started to increase
> as we stood around, but it still wasn’t too bad. When we got to the end of the
> parade route we stood around for a long while trying to decide how to set up
> the unicycle lessons Tim Bustos had arranged when I noticed there was a
> strange and rather pronounced lump on the top of the wrist below the index
> finger. Things were getting rather uncomfortable and I started to get dizzy. I
> sat down and took some Ibuprofen. When my head cleared a bit I got back on my
> unicycle and rode back to the car and then drove to the hospital.
>
> The X-Rays showed that I had comminuted the distal radius (three lateral
> cracks and one transverse crack on the end of the radius [one of the two bones
> in the forearm] with two pieces of the bone broken away, but still in place).
> Fortunately the bone didn’t have to be set or pinned, but the arm was placed
> in a long-arm cast for six weeks. 16 days down, 26 days to go.
>
> I have been riding for over 25 years and this is the first real injury I have
> sustained, not counting road rash and pedal bites. I was wearing a helmet
> during the fall. Partly because Tim (who is the Bicycle Co-ordinator for the
> City of Davis) asked us all to wear helmets as his job expects him to set a
> good example to others, but also because I am in the habit of always wearing a
> helmet when I ride. The vast majority of my riding these days in Muniing on
> trails. While Muniing and riding my Coker I always wear helmet, knee pads and
> wrist guards. I have taken a couple similar falls on the trails and several
> falls that were much harder. Had I not been wearing wrist guards for those
> falls I probably would have broken something sooner. If I had been wearing the
> wrist guards in the parade I don’t think I would have sustained as serious an
> injury. The sad part is that I had knee pads and wrist guards in my car, ready
> for the afternoon trail ride I had hoped to take with the group after the
> parade. It wasn’t that I made a conscious decision not to wear them. I just
> didn’t consider it. Needless to say the wrist guards will be part of my riding
> gear from not on.
>
> The Doctor warned against unicycling with a long-arm cast (from hand to upper
> biceps with 90 degree bend at elbow) as a similar fall would put pressure
> directly on the humerus at the top of the cast with a lot of leverage and
> probably break that bone. I have been filling the training gaps to maintain
> some fitness with running (which I used to enjoy but now hate) and riding on a
> stationery bicycle (which is God awful). I really miss my daily ride and can’t
> wait to get this cast off and get back on to my Muni. If nothing else I have
> confirmed to myself that I am a true unicyclist.
>
> All the best,
>
> John Hooten
>
>


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RE: Injury

> I hate to admit to non unicyclists that I got injured unicycling, because I
> don’t really consider unicycling

Sounds to me like you weren’t on a unicycle at all when you got injured, just a
trail. At least that’s one possible way you can tell it. :slight_smile:

> Call me HURT, but not discouraged.

That’s the spirit! Call me a snob, but I will do my best to “snub” the HURT
club, and try to never become a member.

Knock knock.

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“Wheel size matters” - Kevin (Gilby) Gilbertson

RE: Injury

can I join the club? I have a unicycle-related injury…

I bought a 28" semcycle without telling my wife. What happened when she found
out is why I should be considered for membership.

I think I’ll be OK, though I’m waiting till I’m all healed before even
considering buying a Coker…

<g>

Hugh in SC

-----Original Message----- From: Wayne van Wijk [mailto:wvanwijk@gil.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2000 9:01 PM To: John Foss; ‘Scott & Jody Arnold &
family’; unicycling@winternet.com Subject: Re: Injury

> Knock knock.

Who’s there?

:wink:

RE: Injury

> Can I also join the club? My list is one broken nose, two head fractures, torn
> left leg in the shape of a tire, compact fracture to the right leg and a
> sprained wrist. I thank God every day that I’m still riding! Amen!!

Sounds like Eddie should get at least three votes…

I’m embarrassed to say my worst “unicycling injury” was from running down the
street pushing my six footer in front of me. Nothing broken, but a pedal to the
groin and scrapes on palms, knees, knuckles, elbows, etc. I was miles from home,
so I did what most of us would probably do… got back on and rode home.

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“Wheel size matters” - Kevin (Gilby) Gilbertson

Re: Injury

Though not a serious injury, I’ve had my share of cuts and bruises from
unicyling.

The worst is about three little hole like gauges in my shin which came from
dragging my leg across some triple-trap pedal while riding up a bumpy hill.

Amelia


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Re: injury

Ted already covered the primary things to do to prevent knee pain. Stretch, keep
the knees warm, make sure the seat on the unicycle is not too low, see a doctor
if it doen’t get better, and stretch.

The big one is to stretch. Stretch in the morning, stretch throughout the day,
stretch before you ride, stretch during a ride, stretch after a ride, stretch
before you go to bed.

You don’t say where or how your knee is hurting and I’m not a doctor so I’ll
talk about my experience with knee pain. About two years ago I had a short bout
with knee pain. In my case my iliotibial band decided to disagree with
me. It’s not comfortable and puts a serious damper on riding. In my case it
all got better in a couple of months after some regular stretching. I was
also fortunate that it happened in the Winter season so I didn’t miss
much riding.

Iliotibial band syndrome is also known as runner’s knee or cyclists knee. It
causes pain on the outside of the knee and makes it painful to do things like
walk down stairs. My cure was to get serious about stretching regularly. I
concentrated on stretching the iliotibial band, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and
hip rotator.

Some sites from my Favorites folder about stretching:
http://www.athleticadvisor.com/Injuries/General_Inj/lower_body.htm
http://www.nismat.org/traintip/runner/stretch.html
http://www.csuchico.edu/phed/atc/Projects/ITband/stretching.html

I also started wearing a PattStrap by Fabrifoam http://www.fabrifoam.com/ I
don’t wear it much any more but at the time it really helped a lot.

Knee pain sucks. Don’t ignore it cause it will only get worse and take longer to
heal. Better yet prevent it from happening in the first place by doing regular
stretching of the IT band, glutes, quads, hamstrings, hip rotator, etc. My knee
has been pain free now for well over a year, not even a twinge any more which
makes me very happy. Just the thought of that flaring up again keeps me
motivated to do regular stretching of the ole IT band.

I hope you’ve just got a case of cold stiff knees and not the start of
cyclists knee.

john_childs

>From: Vincent van Bruchem Hello cyclists,
>
>Does anyone know the solution to my problem? I’m afraid I’ve been cycling too
>much in cold and rainy weather. This has had a bad effect on my knees. How can
>I cure this?
>
>Vincent
>

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Re: Injury

> Knock knock.

Who’s there?

:wink:

Re: Injury

Amelia Odens wrote:

> Though not a serious injury, I’ve had my share of cuts and bruises from
> unicyling.
>
> The worst is about three little hole like gauges in my shin which came from
> dragging my leg across some triple-trap pedal while riding up a bumpy hill.
>

Ah, Shindentations. They hurt.

I think this is included in a list of Muni terms that John Foss was compiling.

John Hooten

Re: Injury

Can I also join the club? My list is one broken nose, two head fractures, torn
left leg in the shape of a tire, compact fracture to the right leg and a
sprained wrist. I thank God every day that I’m still riding! Amen!!

Austin One Wheelers http://unicycle.place.org

Re: Injury

>
>Can I also join the club? My list is one broken nose, two head fractures, torn
>left leg in the shape of a tire, compact fracture to the right leg and a
>sprained wrist. I thank God every day that I’m still riding! Amen!!
>
>Austin One Wheelers

I’m VERY impressed that you are still riding. After such a severe accident most
people fall off.

Welcome,

David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA

Re: Injury

> Can I also join the club? My list is one broken nose, two head fractures, torn
> left leg in the shape of a tire, compact fracture to the right leg and a
> sprained wrist. I thank God every day that I’m still riding! Amen!!

Who are you?! What on Earth do you ride on? Grass? Heroin? Broken glass? Yeesh,
I’m proud to say I’m NOT a member of HURT. My worst unicycle injury was when I
hurt my neck balancing a 6’er. I recovered in ~30 seconds. Seriously, I’m
curious, how did you manage to get more injured uniing than I’ve been in my
whole life (excluding one bizarre day, don’t ask)?

Jake Cooper