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What Every Athlete Should Wear During Spinning Class to Prevent Injuries
An athlete that is taking spinning classes should be doing a variety of things to prevent injury, and to make the class more enjoyable for him or her. Before beginning a spinning class, it is highly important that an athlete purchase the right articles of clothing and items, so that he or she can be prepared for the class, which can prevent injuries during the various spinning exercises.
Here are three pieces of clothing that every athlete should wear during spinning class, in order to prevent injuries caused by wearing the wrong items.
Bicycle Shorts or Tights
An athlete that is planning on participating in spinning classes should also purchase special bicycle shorts or wear tights, which can prevent numerous injuries. If an athlete decides to wear just regular shorts while spinning, this can create irritation on the skin, especially around the groin area, and can promote chafing. An athlete should look for a comfortable and lightweight pair of bicycle shorts, which promote ventilation, which can help reduce the risk of skin irritation or sores. Spinning class requires that an athlete sit on the seat of a bicycle for a long time, which means that soreness in the buttocks or inner thighs can occur, so the right shorts or tights are crucial when it comes to preventing unnecessary injuries. It is also important that an athlete not wear underwear with these bicycle shorts, since the underwear offers seams on the outside, which can also promote chafing of the skin. Most bicycle shorts are not meant to be worn with underwear, regardless of whether an athlete is male or female, and this is important to remember for injury prevention.
An athlete should definitely consider purchasing a pair of bicycling shoes, before he or she begins participating in a spinning class. A lot of spinning classes require the special bicycle shoes, but some do not, which means it is up to the athlete to wear the appropriate shoes. Although a lot of the stationary bicycles used in spinning classes have the shoe saddles to grip regular athletic shoes, wearing running or athletic shoes can still result in injuries to the feet or ankle. An athlete should always invest in a great, comfortable, and reliable pair of bicycle shoes before starting the spinning class. The bicycle shoes will be made of a harder material, similar to a steel toe shoe, which can prevent injuries while spinning. When an athlete goes to pick out his or her bicycle shoes, he or she should make sure the shoes fit properly, do not cut off circulation in the feet or toes, and provide enough support for vigorous spinning exercises.
It is also essential that an athlete wear cotton socks, if he or she decides to begin taking a spinning class. Cotton socks are breathable, comfortable, and allow for ventilation, which can help prevent injuries to the leg or ankle. If an athlete is not wearing cotton socks, then his or her shoes might slip off, or be more uncomfortable, which can also prevent injuries to the leg, feet, or thighs. Wearing breathable cotton socks is crucial, since the socks allow for the bicycling shoes to fit securely on the feet. An athlete should also wear cotton socks because cotton is not a skin tight material, which can help prevent the loss of circulation to the lower extremities. Wearing cotton socks also promotes ventilation, which will help the body cool down during spinning class, and lessen the risk of injury due to being overheated.
Jeanne Rose has certification as a nurse assistant, worked as a dietary clerk for three years in a hospital, and went to vocational school for Allied Health.
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