The cerebellum is responsible for procedural memory

Once we learn how to ride a bike, we never forget how to

Once a bird learns how to fly, they are able to fly again after an injury.

Once you learn how to play a musical instrument, you can pick it up after an absence and be able to play it.

I was lucky to not have major damage to the cerebellum although the brain stem injury could have easily been a cerebellum injury.

The procedure for riding a bike is never forgotten. It however, may need to be slightly adjust to account for other problems. Maybe you can’t walk? Maybe you have low vision? Maybe your balance sucks? Or maybe you are not able to have quick reflexes?

Whatever the issue may be there is a bike you can ride!

There are handcycles for those in wheelchairs or amputees.

 

There are tricycles for those who have balance problems.

tricycle

There are tandems for those who have vision problems.

tandem

And there are normal bikes for everyone else.

bike

Once you learn how to ride a bike, then you never forget.

Could this be related to ‘Never Forget” to 9/11/2001? To fellow comrades of the military? To those fallen before us?

With that said riding a trike is different than riding a bike. Because there are 2 back wheels, the center of weight is displaced when turning. With a bike you have to lean in the direction of the turn. This helps you to stay upright.

With two back wheels it really is not a good idea to lean in the direction of the turn. I have learned the hard way and even after doing it once I still continue to do it. One of the last few times was when I was turning left and leaned left causing me to tumble towards a major roadway. That was fun! Once you learn to ride a bike you never forget.

Riding a bike can be so much fun. Think of the places you can go, the cultures you can experience, the friends you can meet, and the physical fitness that you get from it.  I’m happy that I finally can start to see my 6 pack!

CA 2018

Are you cycling? Where has it taken you? What else have you not forgotten after an injury?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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