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Pain in the lower leg during snowboarding?

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Casually cruising down a prepared slope or carving long turns in the deep snow – snowboarding attracts pleasure seekers as well as adrenaline junkies. But strength, stamina, and fitness are essential prerequisites in the mountains. And nothing is worse than burning thighs or calf cramps on the perfect powder day. The strain on the cardiovascular system is relatively low. High demands are placed mainly on the muscles in the legs and buttocks. Insufficient preparation of the muscles, overestimating your own skills, or risky jumps lead to dangerous accidents. The risk of injury is relatively high.

Every snowboarder knows pain in the lower leg

At the beginning of the season, in particular, the muscles are not accustomed to the unusual and high demands. This causes pain in the lower leg during snowboarding more quickly than one would like. In order to prevent sore calf muscles, you should prepare your body properly for the upcoming strain with snowboarding exercises. In addition, Bauerfeind Sports Lower Leg Sleeves can help you with their regulated compression to get the best performance out of your legs. Find out more about the cause and prevention of sore calf muscles below. Discover suitable snowboarding exercises, and why Bauerfeind Sports Lower Leg Sleeves are an indispensable part of snowboarding equipment.

The cause of calf pain after snowboarding

The assumption used to be that lactic acid causes sore muscles. Today we know that tiny tears and injuries in the muscles are responsible for this pain. For muscle movement, the proteins myosin and actin slide past each other. They are bordered by Z lines. Like connective tissue, these structures are designed to protect and cushion mechanical stress. If the Z lines are damaged, sore muscles are the result. These tears, called microtraumas, trigger sore muscles. There is a local break-down of the metabolism, water ingresses, and the muscle swells. It takes a while for the body to react to this excessive strain. That is why sore muscles aren’t noticed until several hours have passed.

What can help to relieve calf pain after snowboarding?

If you have sore calf muscles, they become hard, stiff, sensitive to pressure, and lose their strength. Usually, the pain reaches its peak after about 24 hours, then gradually reduces again. For acute sore calf muscles, you can warm the muscles and gently massage them. This promotes circulation and accelerates the healing process, thanks to an improved supply of nutrients. In order to prevent painful and sore muscles after snowboarding, preparing your muscles is essential. Bauerfeind Sports Lower Leg Sleeves additionally enhance the performance of your calf muscles, and are therefore a must-have in your snowboarding equipment.

Targeted strength training for the calves – fit for snowboarding

During snowboarding, it is mainly the legs that are subjected to extensive strain. That is why you need to train your calves, thighs, and buttocks with targeted strength training. In addition, strong torso muscles are important for stabilization. A stable core also optimizes coordination. Make sure to always warm up a little before these exercises. Beginners do two sets each; for advanced training, three or more sets can be performed, depending on the fitness level.

1. Hand jumps

This exercise works on your calves, thighs, and buttock muscles, and it enhances hip mobility. Starting position: Place both hands on the floor, less than shoulder width apart. Place one leg next to your arms so that the calf is parallel to your arms. Push the other leg backward, as an extension of your upper body. The back heel should not touch the floor.
Push off from the floor with both legs and switch the position of the feet during the jump. The weight remains on your hands. Try to land at the front starting position with your back leg, and vice versa. Repeat each set 15 to 20 times.

2. Calf raises

Stand up straight, then raise your heels so you are on tip toes. Hold this position for two seconds, then return to the starting position. Repeat the exercise 15 to 20 times. For a more intense work-out, stand on a step with the balls of your feet. Lower the heels to stretch the calf muscles.

3. Toe raises

Snowboarding is also demanding for the muscles of the calves and shins. To strengthen them, stand up straight and put a weight on your feet. Lift this weight by raising your toes. The heels remain firmly on the floor. Repeat the exercise 15 times.

4. Rope jumping

Another useful exercise to enhance power and stamina of the calf muscles is rope skipping. The best leg preparation for the different stances during snowboarding is to vary your leg position during skipping. Sometimes have your feet closer together, sometimes further apart.

Your warm-up before snowboarding is also very important. Scientific research shows that the risk of injury drops by more than 50 percent if winter sports athletes warm up properly before their activity.

This is how Bauerfeind Sports Lower Leg Sleeves can help you

The regulated compression exerted by the Bauerfeind Sports Lower Leg Sleeves improves muscle activity: the increased blood pressure in the area of the calf muscles allows more oxygen to get to the muscles. This means you can perform better for longer. At the same time, your muscles will recover from strain more quickly. The highly elastic knitted fabric ensures compression, and the breathable high-tech microfiber feels comfortable on the skin.

More power during snowboarding with Bauerfeind Sports Lower Leg Sleeves

Bauerfeind Sports Lower Leg Sleeves will support you during training and on the slopes. The compressive effect promotes circulation and optimizes oxygen supply, and thus also the supply of nutrients to the calf muscles.

During calf muscle training with the Lower Leg Sleeves, you will benefit from:

  • increased muscle performance,
  • quicker regeneration,
  • accelerated warm-up of the calf muscles and
  • better protection against injuries and sore muscles.
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