My name is Phillip Gray and I love going outdoors riding on skates and scooters. I work as a graphic designer and I love creativity. This is why I appreciate the different creative scooter’s designs. I’ve been riding on kick scooters ever since I was 5 and one of my early scooters had grown-up together with me.
How to avoid body and back pain on a scooter
Admit that it’s chic, the scooter: these liberating thrusts, these silhouettes that spin like the wind … But to enjoy it in the long term and without pain, it must be practiced in good conditions. Here are some tips to avoid inconvenience.
Do you ride a scooter in good conditions?
Today, more and more people are using scooters as a means of locomotion. It can be more convenient than a car or public transport. In some cases, it makes it easier to move faster and more easily. However, most people who own a personal ride, do not use it in the right way. You are certainly wondering what the consequences of using the scooter are? Pain, quite simply. But then, how exactly to avoid getting hurt by taking a scooter?
Choose the right scooter for you
The first step in a successful ride is to find a means of transport that is suitable for your morphology. In other words, buy or have a model your size offered. You thought you’d use one of the little ones who doesn’t use it? At your leisure, but folded in half to push on your legs, it is your back that you will leave there.
This may seem superfluous as a tip, but the choice of the right tool is very important to avoid possible pain. Indeed, many people may be tempted to use their teen’s model because it no longer serves them, but that would be a big mistake.
A device that is not suitable for your size and morphology will require you to bend your back, which will automatically create severe pain, both in the back, in your arms, and legs. Regular practice of a device that is not adapted to its size and morphology can cause intense and persistent pain in the long term.
Easy to integrate into your daily life, practical, and accessible at any age, however, the device requires some imperatives for your safety (and that of other users of the sidewalk). Avoiding pain also means avoiding accidents and falls.
Choose a model with suspensions to cushion the roughness of the soil. As a bonus? A handbrake and mudguards, “just in case”!
The scooter is a means of locomotion like cycling. Therefore, without taking precautions, falls and accidents can occur. That’s why it’s so important to choose a high-performance model. For example, a model with suspensions can cushion shocks, while good brakes provide increased safety.
On the other hand, a fender is not too much, but above all keep in mind that the scooter is a means of travel mainly designed for roads and tar. This means that you will have to opt for a scooter with good wheels and that it is best to avoid stone-paved paths. You can also opt for an inflatable wheel if you are considering off-road use.
Taking the right position
A good position avoids pain especially in the lower back and shoulders (in addition to the legs). The experienced “riders” are unanimous, the best is to stand upright, head up and neck relaxed. Be proud and relaxed! Your joints will be more comfortable.
Outside of safety, if you want to avoid complications, also think about the position you adopt when using your device. The ideal is to stay straight.
Your back should be perfectly straight, just like your head. Your shoulders should be relaxed and relaxed. At the legs, do not hesitate to alternate the foot that is used to push in order to work all the joints and to promote blood circulation. The position of the body on the scooter is extremely important, as this will prevent lower back pain, among other things.
Finally, to avoid having a profile of Musclor on one side and ringlet on the other, be sure to alternate the thrust foot to train both sides of the body. It also helps to reduce pressure and aches in the legs. Every five strokes or so, try to change your leg!
And that’s not all, with the variations of position and the (relaxed) gestures you make, you stretch while rolling. Another time-saver.
Don’t just ride on anything
There are several types of wheels, but regardless of the size of the wheel or the quality of its rubber, it is always more comfortable on smooth terrain. Exit the full speed descent of a cobbled street, bypass gravel, potholes, roots that point under the bitumen, sewer plates, ditches, tar joins, road speed bumps, etc.
In short, put your foot on the ground to pass any grainy or dented coating – and other inventions of urban dressing that you really only notice on the day you gain a week of aches and pains. Of course, the scooter in parks and gardens is attractive, but remember that it is above all a means of urban travel: it is suitable for riding on a good track or tar.
With a classic model, forget the hike in low-body terrain. And if you’re more of a hip square trek, consider changing your style.
As you can see, it’s not enough to climb a scooter to pretend to know how to do it. To be able to use this mode of travel optimally, it is necessary to adopt a good position without forgetting, of course, to acquire a high-performance scooter of good quality.
With all these safety remedies mentioned to avoid back pain, this guide will be nothing if you ignore the most important thing – wearing safety gear.
Especially when you are riding daily to your school or work, following the above tips is not recommended but necessary. After doing an 8-hour shift, your body is exhausted and you want to go home to finally rest. If you don’t wear safety gear and slide and/or fall down, your exhaustion will only get worse.
Now you know exactly how to avoid pain by taking a scooter, so what are you waiting for to go for a ride?