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The End Of Injury

  • By T.J. Murphy
  • Published Sep 4, 2012
  • Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM UTC

Groin pain

The deal: Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI), or pain in the groin and front of the hip areas, are problems that can arise from being on the bike a lot. Groin sprains are more common than FAI, and usually a result of being hypomobile or inflexibile.

First aid: “Massage or ART (Active Release Technique) are great in the acute phase, as well as ice or modalities,” Hill says. “Adjusting bike fit or seat height may be a factor that will help overall. Long-term, there is no substitute for consistent stretching and flexibility work through yoga, personal training, physical therapy, etc.”

Prevention: Koch says that a less aggressive aero position on the bike is a smart way to ward off the potential for FAI. Similar to how you prevent shoulder impingement in your swim program, be sure to follow up your bike workouts with stretches to mobilize the joints and bring your muscle tissues back to center.

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