fun2kite wrote: ↑Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:17 pmHi all,
To set the stage..
I have recently started to exercise more specifically doing more pull-ups. And I found myself hurting in one or two shoulders. While doing research I realized I have rounded shoulders and thus I am prone to injury when doing exercises. Started looking at ways to correct rounded shoulders and found exercises.. Some listed in the link below.
But also all sources say you need to prevent the source of rounded shoulders like trying to sit straight, keep your shoulders back etc..
Then it just occurred to me that pretty much every weekend, I spend hours kitesurfing with my hands in-front of me holding the bar and pretty much with shoulders shifted forward.
What I regarded as good exercise all of a sudden potentially seem as a major contributing factor to rounded shoulders problem I have.
Have anyone ever thought of our position while riding being contributing factor to rounded shoulders? Especially if you ride depowered and your hands are really extended..
I started thinking on ways to minimize rounded shoulders, while kitesurfing and starting this thread to discuss this issue. (if anyone else agree that this is indeed our sports partially induced problem)
I have never seen this angle of riding being discussed in the community. (did the search)
I gave it some though and think below could help to reduce chances of aggravating the issue which most of us already have while working with a computer..
1. Ride smaller kites (underpowered), reduce the need of hands fully extended forward and causing shoulders to move forward.
2. Ride bars with a smaller throw.. (or modify bar with a smaller throw) to prevent hands being overextended. Also make sure to buy a correct bar as many bars throw could be too big for people with shorter hands or women?
3. ride more with one hand.. (let the shoulder drop back for the hand that is not holding the bar.
4. Ride toe side more.. (while in that position, your shoulder position is reversed.
5. less unhooked riding.. (for same reasons )
6. ride with a trim that allows your hands to be closer to the body.
7. Hydrofoil allows for less forward pulling of shoulders.
8. cross train surfing.. (not kitesurfing, but helps to combat rounded shoulders)
Any thoughts from any doctors here if above makes sense?
Also any additional ideas on what else can be adjusted to minimize rounded shoulders aggravation while kitesurfing?
What is "Rounded Shoulders" ?
While some people can train themselves to pull their shoulders back while pretending to squeeze a golf ball between their shoulder blades, the rest of us spend extended periods slouching in front of a computer, with our shoulders forward and down.
Unfortunately, poor posture from rounded shoulders becomes a habit that can trigger everything from neck pain and headaches to lower back strain and poor circulation.
General Exercises for addressing rounded shoulders problems:
https://www.healthline.com/health/round ... all-slides
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