Swimming, cycling and running is a fantastic combination that requires all over body strength, flexibility and endurance. A triathlete can demonstrate some of the greatest all rounded fitness possible however the variety of disciplines come with their variety of issues. A triathlete can suffer from any number of conditions and this is where triathlon physiotherapy can help.
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Common triathlon injuries
Due to the vairety of disciplines many conditions can arise. Although swimming is low impact, with repetition and poor technique it can cause overuse issues such as swimmers shoulder.
Cycling, also low impact, can contribute to back pain issues especially with poor bike set up. It is also susceptible to overuse conditions and lets not forget about the possibility of crashes.
Surely it comes as no surprise that 90% of runners experience lower limb issues with it being a single leg loading activity.
It also comes as no surprise that the list of common injuries can be quite long it includes:
- Neck and Shoulder pain
- Swimmers Shoulder
- Lower back pain
- Thoracic spine (upper/mid back pain)
- Piriformis syndrme (buttock pain)
- Knee ligaments
- Carpel tunnel syndrome (hand numbness)
- Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
- Plantarfasciitis (heel pain)
- Achilles tendonitis
Prevention of triathlon injuries
As with most sports a thorough warm up program should help to reduce injury risk. Across all disciplines the common factor is not simply fitness but technique. It is through technique that one can not only improve ones performance but also lower the risk of injury. From coaching advice in swimming technique to correct bike set up and working on your gait in running, a focus on each discipline will demonstrate results.
For more in depth analysis of each discipline follow these links:
Treating triathlon injuries
Due to the wide range of issues it is no surprise that there are equally a wide range of treatments. Initially you need to deal with the pain. Rehab treatment generally involves manual therapy but as with most concerns the correct diagnosis is fundamental in the best and fastest recovery. This is followed by a rehabilitation program for a fast and efficient return to form. A personal training program may also be advised in conjunction with an understanding of existing conditions to help lower the risk of recurrence.
Triathlon physiotherapy treatments may include: