Cartwheels etc.

Commented on October 30, 2012
Created October 30, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Paleo has given me such incredible energy lately that I feel like I'm up for anything. So, today, after jogging a couple miles with some girlfriends for fun we found ourselves in a grassy field. One of my friends is incredibly skilled at cartwheels. How hard can it be? I thought. Nevermind that I hadn't attempted such gymnastic feats since childhood. The first one went great and I was feeling very proud so I tried another. I felt a somewhat sharp pain on the second. My brain said "you have pulled a muscle, you idiot", but my heart said "just one more!" So on my third cartwheel I found myself in some pretty serious pain. It's not my quad or my hamstring that pulled and it's not my groin. It's some strange muscle I wasn't aware existed before today and yet I am now realizing is incredibly important for everything from standing up to pushing a gas pedal. Needless to say, it was difficult getting home. :)

Yes, yes, I know I should have warmed up before attempting such feats but what's done is done and may I just say, I did some awesome cartwheels. But on to my questions:

  1. What muscle did I pull?! It runs from about the knee all the way up the inner thigh.

  2. How does one recover from a pulled muscle correctly and "paleo" style?

  3. Will I ever be able to attempt cartwheels, or squats, for that matter again? Or are those days behind me?

I have ice on the thing and drank a large glass of wine with a piece of banana bread for good measure. I have issues with self-indulgence, don't judge me. Seriously, though, I don't recall ever pulling a muscle before. I have had MANY sprains but never anything like this. Help!



on October 30, 2012
at 11:17 AM

In a bath I mean..



on October 30, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Epsom salts help strains and aches, dunno about sprains though.

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on October 30, 2012
at 03:17 AM

Sounds like the sartorious muscle or tailor strap. I say rest it and listen to your body. If your one to take some NSAIDs, do so for a few days.

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