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Mar 23, 2012, 06:48 PM
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Stiff neck... Does it ever go away?


I've been taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather we've had up here in the last two weeks and so I've been flying the heck out of the B3. Gettin better every day or at least that's what I keep telling myself. Anyway, my neck is getting stiff from looking up. Does that go away over time or do glider pilots always have sore necks?
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Mar 23, 2012, 07:03 PM
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Just stop looking up. Limit your launch to only 25' (refer to the numerious new threads on this issue). Seriously I get a real stiff neck when flight instructing for hours at a time and I've been doing it for 2 decades. It doesn't get better until you can relax your entire body while flying. I have not achieved this yet.
Mar 23, 2012, 07:13 PM
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Wiz, Are you addicted to specking out? Maybe spend more time on the hunt and less on the object of your pursuit. Sounds like you're having fun!

John
Mar 23, 2012, 07:35 PM
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My problem seems to be finding lift right over my head all the time. I also think it's a function of my new progressive lens glasses. They require me to directly face everything I'm looking at so my head is always cocked up as high as it will go.

Say, while I'm asking... Is it possible to fly a glider with your mouth closed? If so, I don't seem to have that in my skill set yet.
Mar 23, 2012, 07:37 PM
Kyle Clayton
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It goes away, just take a few days off (like that will happen ) If symptoms persist for more than 4 days, please seek medical help immediately, as this may be a sign of a serious allergic reaction.
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Mar 23, 2012, 07:55 PM
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Lay on your back on the grass.
Mar 23, 2012, 08:03 PM
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Mr. Wiz:

I don't get a stiff neck much any more, but also, I don't spend much time way spec'd out, either. Even this morning, with abundant lift, I realized that I was only generating 5 or 6 turns on lift, then moving out to other suspected lift sites.

Next week, at Red Rocks, I suspect the tale will be different.

Yours, Greg
Mar 23, 2012, 08:26 PM
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Get something like this: folding chair

It helps a lot when I use it. Slouch until you can rest your head on the back, which probably works better on some than others that are more tight or low.

When standing, balance your skeleton so that you can "hang" or relax and breath easily. It's often impossible to relax the neck when nearby muscle groups are not. Nod or stretch when you have the chance. Also, it can help to focus on developing relaxed breathing. (I was able to eliminate some severe shoulder pain during a class by letting my arm hang and focus on my breathing. It felt like my arm slowly got longer as the tension and pain left.)

You may not be able to eliminate the pain, but chances are you are more tense than necessary like most, which aggravates the pain.

If none of that helps, try the Egoscue Method.

Glad to hear you are having a blast with your B3, might get one soon myself!
Joseph
Mar 23, 2012, 08:42 PM
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Wiz,

You have the wrong glasses. Get just a plain old bi-focal pair for flying. Make certain the bi-focal is biased towards the bottom, not 1/3 of the way up, where most will put it.

Been there, done that.

Wait, that's wrong. Are you leaning your head way back to watch the plane thru the top of the glasses?

Gary
Mar 23, 2012, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by GaryO View Post
Are you leaning your head way back to watch the plane thru the top of the glasses?

Gary
Yep.... That's what I'm doing.
Mar 23, 2012, 09:53 PM
Launch high. Fly low.
Launch high. Fly low...

Jun
Mar 23, 2012, 10:19 PM
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Relative to what? Most of my flying is done in less than 200'. Is that low enough?
Mar 23, 2012, 10:42 PM
Launch high. Fly low.
I like flying around 50'ish feet and below.
Mar 23, 2012, 11:22 PM
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Hey Jun, I can't find that video of you flying low. Could you send me the link? I like to watch videos now and then, since I haven't flown for over six months and haven't had a full size dlg to fly for a year!

Joseph
Mar 23, 2012, 11:51 PM
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Originally Posted by jfinch View Post
Lay on your back on the grass.
+1

I love getting her up to over 400 ft and doing this.


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