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In part one of this triathlon two-part series, I discussed how to prepare for a triathlon as a beginner. In this post, I delve into discussing injury prevention and how to assist your body in recovering post triathlon.
Training for a triathlon is one of the most physically exerting things you can put your body through. The combination of swimming, cycling and running puts almost every part of the body under immense pressure. Triathlon training repetitively stresses muscles, tendons, and the tissues around joints and bones, and thus it’s no wonder that injuries are commonplace. The types of injuries triathletes deal with are typically overuse injuries, accounting for 60% of injuries, bio-mechanical or technique error accounting for 30%, and acute trauma accounting for 10% (source).
Rather than ignore the first signs of a developing injury, I recommend to immediately adjusted your triathlon training. Reduce your training with the aggravating discipline and place more emphasis on the other two disciplines. For example, if you develop Achilles tendinitis, limit your time spent running and spend more time in the pool until the tendon has recovered. This will ensure that you are getting sufficient recovery time but also not losing your fitness level. Here at Ballsbridge Clinic, we have a team of chartered physiotherapists to assist you either during your triathlon training or post-race day. From acute injury management, soft tissue management, biomedical assessment and training analysis, our sports specialist Olive can recommend the course of action to suit your needs best. To book an appointment, contact the clinic here.