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Old 12-23-2009, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just Yesterday, i went snowboarding. Today i am hella sore at my neck, arms, legs, and shoulders. Do u guys have a way to prevent this from happening or should i just live with it? Hmm... Maybe i shoulda stretched before i went snowboarding.
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Snowboard more. the first few days of the season Im a little sore the next day but after that I'm fine. The more you get used to it the easier it will be on you.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've got some great holistic tips, but you will need to take them consistently (they can be taken year round) for the maximum benefit.

1. Arnica Montana - this can be found at any whole foods or vitamin story. They are little pellets that dissolve in your mouth. They come in 6c. 12c, and 30c. Start with the 30c, 5 pellets 3 times a day, that should help you out right away. If you continue to take this on a regular basis you will notice you are not nearly as sore as you would be.

2. Epsom salt bath, take a hot hot bath with a shitload of epsom salt in it (the box will give you the right measurements.

3. Start taking omega 3/6/9 daily, this is a natural anti-inflammatory, but will not provide you immediate relief. You should start to feel a difference after a month or so.

4. Yoga and stretching. Make sure to stretch before and after, even now while you are sore, this will help to loosen those muscles that are too tight right now.

It's hard work ain't it! Par for the course, it'll get easier, your body will adjust.
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just Yesterday, i went snowboarding. Today i am hella sore at my neck, arms, legs, and shoulders. Do u guys have a way to prevent this from happening or should i just live with it? Hmm... Maybe i shoulda stretched before i went snowboarding.
Don't worry - stretching wouldn't have helped. If you never go to the gym, but tomorrow decided to go do a few sets of deep squats, you'd be majorly f*cked before you could walk out of the gym. Same with snowboarding.


Short answer is unfortunately that there's next-to-nothing you can do now to fix it immediately. The next time you go, won't be as bad, and the time after that even less. But ifyou don't train in the off-season, you'll be going through this same feeling every December.

Even if you work out regularly (including cardio, resistance, etc.) when you go snowboarding you are going to use muscles that you didn't know you had, and you are going to use the muscles you do know about in ways that you've never worked them before. The pain in your shoulders comes from lifting yourself off your ass, either from falling or at the top of the hill when you sit down to putyour bindings on. You probably pressed up like that 40+ times yesterday. Do that in your living room in the middle of july, and you'll be sore the next day, too

The neck soreness is definitely from falling. Not much you can do about that except to practice, get better, and stop falling

Legs, well that's a no-brainer. Snowboarding does a lot of work on legs & core. You're using your quads in a way you've probably never used them, and your doing a lot of standing on your toes which strains your feet & calf muscles. You can build up this strength in your calves & toes by doing lots of jumping rope. It sucks, but I force myself to do it in he off-season because I know it pays off in February. Calf raises help, but not as much.
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Excellent post. After being out on the mountain last weekend i wondered how out of shape people are able to handle this sport.
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Don't worry - stretching wouldn't have helped. If you never go to the gym, but tomorrow decided to go do a few sets of deep squats, you'd be majorly f*cked before you could walk out of the gym. Same with snowboarding.


Short answer is unfortunately that there's next-to-nothing you can do now to fix it immediately. The next time you go, won't be as bad, and the time after that even less. But ifyou don't train in the off-season, you'll be going through this same feeling every December.

Even if you work out regularly (including cardio, resistance, etc.) when you go snowboarding you are going to use muscles that you didn't know you had, and you are going to use the muscles you do know about in ways that you've never worked them before. The pain in your shoulders comes from lifting yourself off your ass, either from falling or at the top of the hill when you sit down to putyour bindings on. You probably pressed up like that 40+ times yesterday. Do that in your living room in the middle of july, and you'll be sore the next day, too

The neck soreness is definitely from falling. Not much you can do about that except to practice, get better, and stop falling

Legs, well that's a no-brainer. Snowboarding does a lot of work on legs & core. You're using your quads in a way you've probably never used them, and your doing a lot of standing on your toes which strains your feet & calf muscles. You can build up this strength in your calves & toes by doing lots of jumping rope. It sucks, but I force myself to do it in he off-season because I know it pays off in February. Calf raises help, but not as much.
The better shape you're in overall, the less sore you'll be. It's the same running or swimming or anything else. If you take a substantial break, you will be sore starting out. But the more you do of everything, the better your body handles new activity.

I don't believe any of the holistic "herbal" or omega/fish oil stuff (just eat a balanced diet), but dharma has some good suggestions. Stretching regularly will keep your muscles and joints loose, which means falling and flailing is less likely to strain something. And epsom salts in a warm bath will help your muscles relax and improve blood flow, making recovery faster.
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Pretty much what everyone else is saying. If you are a couch potatoe and head out you are going to feel it. After a couple the season you should be alright after a day of riding and it won't even phase you.
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH!!! Before and after!!!

Before you board do a light, but thorough (meaning hitting your major muscles) stretch cause its never good to stretch a cold muscle, and after you board make sure you spend like a good half hour stretching every major muscle in your body. Then you really shouldn't be so sore.
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