Peroneal tendonitis

peroneal-tendonitis220According to the Sports Injury Clinic: Peroneal tendonitis is inflammation of the peroneal tendons which run behind the lateral malleolus or the bony bit on the outside of the ankle causing and swelling on the outer ankle.

Treatment involves reducing pain and inflammation through rest, ice and bracing then stretching tight muscles in the lower leg.

Cycling Is the Top Sport for Head Injuries

In a post today on the NYTimes there was an interesting piece on the nature of cycling and head injuries.  I still object to laws requiring a helmet to be worn at all times and wear my helmet constantly for touring and commuting.  Assumption of risk, and cost, is an issue and not one to be lightly avoided.  And neither are the responsibility to utilize appropriate safety gear.

Cycling Is the Top Sport for Head Injuries


Anahad O’Connor tackles health myths in this NY Times Post.


Last week, New York City began its long-awaited bicycle sharing program, the largest in the nation. As in many other cities, helmet use was made optional, in part to encourage greater participation.

But a look at the statistics suggests that riding without a helmet is not a decision to make lightly. While football tends to dominate the discussion of sports-related head injuries, research shows that bike accidents account for far more traumatic brain injuries each year.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, cycling accidents played a role in about 86,000 of the 447,000 sports-related head injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2009. Football accounted for 47,000 of those head injuries, and baseball played a role in 38,394.

Cycling was also the leading cause of sports-related head injuries in children under 14, causing 40,272 injuries, roughly double the number related to football (21,878).

Part of the reason is that bicycling is so ubiquitous. But people are also more cavalier about taking precautions, said Dr. Gonzalo Vazquez-Casals, a neuropsychologist at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in New York.

Bicyclists are also at high risk of colliding with motor vehicles, and when riders are not wearing helmets, such collisions frequently result in serious head injuries. For example, about 90 percent of bicyclists killed in the United States in 2009 were not wearing helmets. A majority were middle-aged men.

In New York City, 75 percent of all fatal bike accidents involve a head injury. In addition to wearing a helmet, another helpful precaution is using a marked bike lane: Streets that have them have 40 percent fewer crashes ending in death or serious injury.


Bike accidents contribute to more sports-related head injuries than any other activity.

Common Running Injuries

The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments, and a network of tendons, nerves, and blood vessels that work together when we run.  That would explain why there are so many different types of injuries that can occur from running.  The following infographic creates a great visual of injuries that often happen to runners:

Injury Report: What Am I Supposed To Do?

Injured my calf in January and now find myself with the injury coming and going having to sit for an extended period of time.  Off the bike as it seems to tighten the calf and then it injures itself running.  After all these years of doing both, it seems odd that I finally am bitten with this sort of injury.  I haven’t changed my routine that much, and therein lies my problem.  But I can’t afford a coach and I don’t have a current running partner in Portland to lean on, so I am simply going to rest it, no running or biking for a week, and then ease back in.

Where does this leave me for the big Mother’s Day half marathon competition?  Reading Andrew Gertig’s article How to Hack a Marathon If You Aren’t a Runner for inspiration that no matter what training level I ultimately have, I will finish and survive it.  Blasting through the run in a top 10 age group time is out of the question now.