(Randolph, NJ, September 26, 2015) Thousands of cyclists from Morris county, the tri-state area, across the country and even across the pond descended upon Morristown last Sunday to participate in the Gran Fondo, NJ cycling event which started and finished in Downtown Morristown.
Teams Step up to Help Riders in NJ Gran Fondo Cycling Event
The event, complete with vendors, food and music at the finish line, included options to ride anywhere from 18-107 miles. In cycling, the 100-plus-mile ride, or “century”, is a mark of pride and a symbol of endurance and stamina. But it’s not without its challenges, among them leg cramps, muscle pain, and the myriad discomforts of being in the saddle for six to seven hours, hunched over and peering at an unnatural angle over one’s handlebars.
Randolph Pain Relief and County College of Morris teamed up to help riders overcome the aches and pains that are commonly associated with cycling. Falls at high speed can cause sprains, strains, broken ribs, and shoulder injury. The posture and position of the arms on the handlebars can cause pain and nerve compression in the wrist and arms, neck and shoulder. And the extended period of hunching over can cause a plethora of back issues. Knee pain and injuries are another common complaint among cyclists.
In an effort to rehabilitate the weary cyclists, the Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center sponsored the Gran Fondo’s Recovery Zone; the spot where exhausted cyclists could come and get stretched and massaged by the chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists that make up part of their spectrum of injury rehab and chronic pain care at the Center. (They also offer acupuncture and pain management.)
Partnering with the Randolph PRWC providers were fourteen County College of Morris Health and Exercise Science students, who worked alongside them to rehabilitate the Fondo participants. With the guidance of Professor Michael Paul, the volunteers put their classroom knowledge to practical use. “This was a fantastic opportunity for the students. They learned so much by working with professionals,” said Professor Paul.
“I took in a lot of knowledge and very helpful information as well as techniques I will be utilizing one day in my near future,” said Daniel Supple, a student enrolled in CCM’s exercise science program and a Gran Fondo volunteer. “This was a great learning experience as well as a new found network connection,” he said.
As a result of the success of the day, CCM Exercise Science and the Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center are working toward a program where the students will shadow the providers in a clinical setting. “CCM appreciates the opportunity for our students to work with the local business community,” said Dr. Edward Yaw, CCM president. “It provides them with practical hands-on experience that they can’t get in the classroom.”
“It’s a pleasure to work with these very motivated and talented students,” said Dr. David Simon, co-owner of the Center. “Having the chance to mentor actually strengthens our own skills. It’s a win-win”. The Shadowing Program is slated to begin in the spring semester.
About Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center
The Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center provides injury rehab and chronic pain management tailored to each patient’s priorities with physical therapy, chiropractic care, medical massage, acupuncture and chronic pain management.
For more information, contact Claire Keller at (973) 476-5673.