Elvis Presley made us all swoon in the fifties, sixties and seventies when he swivelled his hips then vibrated his legs in time with the songs he was singing. His odd gyrations became one of his primary claims to fame.
Do you have any idea which sport borrowed Elvis’ dance moves to become a descriptor for a condition associated with their pastime? Well it’s rock climbing. When you are eighty feet up a big, difficult to climb, wall of rock and with another eighty feet to go to reach the summit, something you don’t want to experience is “Elvis leg.” Well, a slip and a fall would be worse… but “Elvis leg” is bad too.
What’s that buzz?
“Elvis leg,” is the involuntary vibrating of the leg muscles around the knee of one leg or both legs right in the middle of a climb. The “buzzing” legs can be caused by sudden panic or muscular exhaustion from extended periods of muscle contraction. Whatever causes it and whatever it is, it’s not a fun thing. Also known as “sewing-machine leg” this climbing syndrome can be treated through steady deep breathing, resting the legs or changing the pressure points of your feet on the rock wall (thus using different muscles enabling the effected muscles to relax).
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