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Reducing the Risk of Injury While Training for a Triathlon

TriathlonWhether you’re an experienced endurance athlete or you’re getting ready for your first triathlon, you’ll obviously have to undergo a great deal of training before competition day. While injuries are, unfortunately, a fact of life for triathletes, there are steps that you can take to minimize the chances that you’ll be hurt during your preparation. Medi-Dyne would like to share some information that will help you remain as healthy as possible in the time leading up to your big event.

Common Reasons for Training Injuries

While there are several factors that determine why people get hurt when training for a triathlon, there are a few that are more common than others. Here are some of them:

  • Using poor form while biking or running.
  • Not taking enough time to recover from the last workout.
  • Equipment that does not fit correctly.
  • Not knowing how to properly follow a training program.
  • Being overweight

The vast majority of injuries to triathletes actually occur during training rather than the actual triathlon. Even though you may be able to fight through a minor injury, it obviously makes sense to try and avoid the problem in the first place.

Sensible Steps to Avoiding Being Hurt

Reducing the risk of developing an injury isn’t that difficult. There are no guarantees, of course, that you won’t still be hurt while training, but following these steps can help. By properly stretching before your warm-up and cooling down correctly afterward, you may be able to avoid frustrating delays in your preparation due to being hurt.

  • Try to avoid “over-training.” Don’t climb hills or stairs excessively during your preparation.
  • Don’t increase the volume or intensity of your training sessions too soon.
  • If you miss a session, don’t try to squeeze it in too soon after your last one – proper rest and recovery time is key.

Medi-Dyne features a wide range of products that can help before, during and after your triathlon training sessions. If you would like to learn more about how you can benefit from them, contact us online or call us at 800-810-1740.