The athletes habits off the bike may also contribute to neck pain. The average non-professional athlete likely works 40-60 hours per week at a computer. Computer use ranks as one of the most common causes of non-traumatic neck pain. Proper sitting ergonomics and daily soft-tissue management are must for any desk worker, including the working triathlete. Here are some tips to help prevent neck pain:
Always remember that pain is part of the bodies innate warning system; do not ignore it. If you are experiencing neck pain on the bike or in general, visit your local chiropractor, physical therapist or orthopedic doctor. Being proactive and pain-free can help you stay in the sport for the long-term.
Dr. Paul Salinas is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. He has worked with athletes for over ten years, as has participated as a treating doctor for numerous races, including Ironman New York City. For more information, please visit his website at http://www.parkavenuespine.com/