Preventing pain when practicing the knee
Knee pain affects most people at one time or another. The knees support the weight of the body and allow movement of the legs, especially on the knee. The usual stresses of years of activity and wear and tear can create pain that can range from dull to weak. Sports like kneeing and exercise in general have the potential to cause knee pain and injury. Even people who don’t exercise are vulnerable to knee pain from falls, sprains, or degenerative conditions like arthritis in one form or another.
In the case of the knee, some types of knee pain are caused by sudden injuries or falls, especially when you are doing extreme tricks in the water. Other conditions are the effect of overuse or inflammation of the knee.
There are ways to have fun on the kneeboard without causing your body pain. This is how you can prevent knee pain.
Although kindergarten is a fun and exciting sport, the fun is lost when you are in pain and injured. The kneeboard makes the body more susceptible to pain, mainly because the bouncing of the board in the water causes stress on the body. It is not unusual to experience pain in the knees, back, and feet or ankles while performing the kneeling approach. However, there are ways to alleviate pain, if at all to prevent it.
o The composition of the knee board can be a factor in determining the amount of stress placed on the body. Stress can result in pain or injury. You need to know the distinction in the types of knee braces as there are basically two types. Plastic boards are thicker and have a tendency to absorb more shock than thinner compression molded boards. Plastic boards tend to slide higher in the water, so they put less strain on the body. However, compression molded boards slide lower in the water. The trade-off is that compression boards are generally better for competition and performing extreme tricks. They glide better in the water, helping in the preparation of aerial maneuvers.
o Placing both types of boards with additional padding can help reduce stress on the body. The pads are best placed under the knees, shins, and ankles and attached to the board with spray adhesive or contact cement.
o When you practice paddleboarding, as well as all other sports towed by boat, you should start with the stretches before getting into the water. You should pay attention to stretching the neck, arms, shoulders, legs, abdominal area, back and ankles. A few minutes of stretching can prevent what could turn into a sore day.
o Maintaining good posture while kneeling can help prevent body pain. Instead of sitting directly on your heels with your feet directly under your buttocks, try placing your feet at an angle and to the side of your body. This placement places the outside of the hips over the top of the feet.
o When riding on the kneeling board, you should keep your back straight with your shoulders slightly back. Leaning forward adds tension to the body and gives you a feeling of less control. You must keep your arms bent and close to your body.
o Last but very important, you must listen to your body. If you feel pain while kneeling, you should take steps to remedy the problem.