What is your sport: Triathlon
The Triathlon is a multi-disciplined sport, which typically consists of swimming, cycling and running elements. It is essentially an endurance race, with multiple stages, that are completed consecutively.
The sport was first conceived in the 1920s and has developed into an entertaining spectacle, which is an Olympic and Paralympic event, and is often featured on television.
To excel at the sport requires the athlete to optimise their time taken to complete the course, which includes the transition areas along the way. The athletes have to maintain a high level of fitness and conditioning to last the duration of the race.
The Olympic standard length for triathlons is a 0.93 mile swim, followed by a 24.8 mile bike ride and a 6.2 mile run to finish the race.
Main Muscles Used in Triathlon:
Quads, Glutes, Hamstrings, Calves, Abdominals, Lats, Shoulders.
Common Muscle Injuries from Triathlon:
Being an intense sport requiring great physical exertion in various disciplines, at times technique can suffer, and injury can come as a result.
Some of the more common injuries sustained by Triathletes include rotator cuff pain, tendinitis mainly in the Achilles and shoulders, Iliotibial Band Syndrome in the knee, and stress fractures.
How Can You Alleviate Your Triathlon Injuries?
Whether you are training or in a race, you should stop at the first sign of pain to prevent any potential long-term damage.
If you have already suffered an injury though, you can stretch out the muscles, and perhaps even use a foam roller to get deep into the muscle tissue.
Another technique is to use a racketball underfoot, moving your foot in circles to ease the tension there.
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