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Old April 13th, 2017, 03:34 PM   #1
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Default Head wind=back pain?

I used to have terrible issues with low back pain while skating; I also have sciatica and degenerating discs, i.e. plenty of pain even without skating. It caused me to leave the sport for quite a while. Since I've started up again, I can say that speed skating HELPS my back (and related hips) issues! The only time I experience back pain now is when I skate into a 15mph or greater headwind. Actually, the pain is more AFTER skating in these conditions, not even so much during(?) Am I doing something wrong or is that just par for the course with strong headwinds? I don't think I'm leaning too far forward, at least my weight is on the rear wheels, not toe flipping. Any tips, advice appreciated.

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Old April 14th, 2017, 02:41 PM   #2
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Default ..that skating muscle

My original post on same subject is still on front page of this site. Titled "...that skating muscle"

You must do a bunch of stretching in order to get beyond your physical issues.

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Old April 16th, 2017, 05:38 PM   #3
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Old April 16th, 2017, 07:42 PM   #4
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It's not too surprising to get more back pain from skating into a head wind. Skating into the wind generally requires leaning forward more both to reduce the forward profile and to balance the forces that would otherwise push you onto to back side. That forward lean, of course, creates more back stress.

Further, strong winds are often blustery, which forces abrupt corrections when the wind changes. Those unplanned twists can also be hard on the back.
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