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The background; Im 19 im a student and quite high level racer in the uk in cross and mtb and i race on the continent too,I was down racing in london 5 weeks ago in london doing a night race (with high prize money).The gridding was totally randomn unless you were from down south where you were gridded highly...I was gridded miles back and should have been capable to going for the win without pushing myself too much but i was taken out on the first slicing my knee open and landing heavily.I then crashed again when a lapped rider moved right instead of left when asked.My cut knee and the pain were too great to finish.
The cut has healed but it is still slightly swollen my knee was swollen for 2 weeks after but it is now less swollen i continued to train and race on it then when i was racing last weekend i twisted it dismounting on a banking section and it began to hurt like it had done before i rode two laps in the lead group with one leg.... then i couldnt ride the hurdles anyone so i pulled out.The pain is worst when bent and under load and seems too increase with larger gears.
so weight weenies could anyone shed any light on this and help me get back on the bike?
because in 4 weeks im racing the worldcup on boxing day in belgium and racing from then every day the following 8 days
thanks in advance
You're asking about dealing with a "recurring knee problem" which usually refers to something that occurs sporadically over a longer time period - 6 months, a few years, that kind of thing. That's different to what you're describing, which is immediate recovery from an acute injury. It only happened two weeks ago, you havent given it time to "recur"
Seriously, if I understand you, you've given your knee a reasonably serious knock and need to recover from that one single event. The best advice is most likely still Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation, take a NSAI like ibruprofen or diclofenac, keep the joint moving but with no stress. Cycle, but at recovery pace (like embarrassingly slow) for 45 minutes at a time maximum, maybe swim if you can - all that kind of "recovery from injury stuff". Its far too easy to give it a few days off, or a week, and think F*** it I'm bored, pile straight back in, and then in six months time you really will be asking about recurring knee problems!
btw - in which race did it happen?
Sounds like you have maybe done a little more damage though with the spills, but once youve had these checked out Id certainly look into getting measured, all humans walk with bad posture and ankle to foot alignment. Guys name is Jim McAvoy.
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