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10 years 3 months ago #13539 by Shady
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After a few long trainig paddles in preparation for the Hawkesbury Classic I keep getting very sore Hamstrings after about 2hrs in the saddle.

I'm not quite sure why or more importantly how to fix it and was wondering if this is common.

I recall last year when training for the classic I had the same problem but in a different ski.

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10 years 3 months ago - 10 years 3 months ago #13548 by Kayaker Greg
Replied by Kayaker Greg on topic Re: Leg/Hamstring Pain
I'm wondering if your straining to hold yourself forward and overstretching your hamstrings? Perhaps a seat designed to tilt yourself forward a little would help?
Or is it pressure from the seat cutting of blood supply? Again, perhaps you need to make yourself a seat. I've paddled in kayaks that have been comfortable for a day paddle, however after 3 days paddling during a trip I've hardly been able to walk afterwards or have had pain sitting in the previously comfortable seat. The solution is a custom made seat, can now paddle all day everyday with full comfort and I would think at the end of 9 hours your body would thank you.
Have a look at how I go about making seats for my ski's and kayaks.

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If you click on each picture there are instructions or reasons I made each seat as I did.
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10 years 3 months ago #13554 by Dicko
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Maybe shorten your leg length 1 notch. My guess is you are concentrating on rotation and straightening your legs more as you drive. You should be able to shorten leg length slightly and reduce the strain on your hammies.

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10 years 3 months ago #13561 by Wally
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Just one question, what ski are you paddling? If your foot board is not at the correct angle you will have these problems.

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10 years 3 months ago #13567 by Shady
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Wally wrote: Just one question, what ski are you paddling? If your foot board is not at the correct angle you will have these problems.

I'm paddling a V10 Sport. I find that its difficult to direct all the pressure on my heels and usually end up with the pressure spread between the heels and middle of the foot. Not sure if I can or should adjust the angle.

Dicko wrote: Maybe shorten your leg length 1 notch. My guess is you are concentrating on rotation and straightening your legs more as you drive. You should be able to shorten leg length slightly and reduce the strain on your hammies.


Being a total nood I thought it worked the other way around and lengthened the leg length by a notch or two. I do recall having sore knees with a shorter length.

Kayaker Greg wrote: .....Or is it pressure from the seat cutting of blood supply? Again, perhaps you need to make yourself a seat.


I had thought that the seat maybe too tight and restricting the blood flow. I inadvertantly bought the Sport Z seat model with the smaller bucket but I recall having similar issues with the V8 which has a bucket big enough to fit the largest of backsides. I have heard that the restriction of blood flow can be caused by pushing my coxic back against the bucket too much.

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10 years 3 months ago #13586 by Dicko
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Your hammies cross 2 joints. Your knee and your hips. The straighter your legs, the tighter your hammies. Bending your knee, by shortening your leg length will ease the pressure on your hammies. If you are getting knee pain, then it is most likely knee cap issues. A simple tape pulling your kneecap towards the middle will fix this while you are paddling.
When you've finished doing the ridiculous long flat stuff put your leg length back to your normal ocean paddling length.
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