In Perth, Triathlons are growing in numbers and popularity. The sport triathlon is an endurance sport with its formal inception in the 1970s. This multidisciplined activity comprises swimming, cycling, and running. Triathlons have an endurance nature, requiring high physical demands. Because of this, triathletes are more likely to sustain overuse injuries. The team at Happy Physio have successfully provided triathlon specific physiotherapy for hundreds of Perth athletes.
The triathlon is the most modern among endurance sports. It debuted as Olympic sport at the 2000 Sydney Games, 19 years after first being recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Composed of swimming, cycling, and running, the combination of these three disciplines involves particular problems.
The fast-growing sport of triathlon has a variety of forms. The most commonly used short distance, known as the super sprint has a 400 m swim, 10 km cycle and 2.5 km run. Sprint distance has a 750 m swim, 20 km cycle and 5 km run. Olympic distance has 1500 km swim, 40km cycle and a 10 km run. The Olympic distance triathlon used to be the peak of an amateur triathlete’s career but there are now more grueling half or full iron man events that surpass this.
Triathlon and Overuse Injuries
Triathletes typically deal with overuse injuries. The most prevalent sites of injury include knee, lower leg, lower back, and shoulder.
During their training, they experience repetitive stresses in their muscles, tendons, and tissues around joints and bones. This constant stress creates repetitive microtrauma. For example, the injuries to the shoulder are caused by motions involved with swimming and lower extremity injuries are caused by motions involved with running and cycling.
Triathlon Physio Perth Treatment for Injuries
Because triathletes deal with injuries in various areas of their body, the treatment will depend upon what is found after taking a detailed history and thorough examination.
Tight muscles can be released and stretched. Weak muscles can be strengthened. Reviewing an athlete’s training pattern may be necessary. For example, it could be that the cool down or post exercise stretching routine is not effective and needs to be modified.
Rest is especially important for recovery from injuries. This should be combined with an activity that does not aggravate symptoms to maintain fitness. It may not be advisable to run, but you can do alternatives such as cycling or cross training.
Stretching program is another important piece of the puzzle. It should be a part of any exercise program. They can be performed pre and post workouts.
Triathlon Physiotherapy Perth
A well-trained and appropriately skilled medical team, especially with a physio in it, can enable a vast majority of competitors to be treated on site with high chances of returning to triathlon competition in the future.
Sports physiotherapy is an excellent starting point for anyone who is suffering from overuse injuries. Physios are well-trained in the complete picture, from managing immediate injury, to returning to sport and reducing risk of re-injury. They can help you with the following:
- Pain relief
- Tissue healing
- Exercise prescription and pain management
- Improving flexibility and strength
- Identifying and correcting biomechanical and training errors
Injury prevention needs a well-designed training plan with periods of rest and nutrition guidance for pre-workout, in-workout, and post-workout consumption. Your triathlon trained physiotherapist at Happy Physio can help you with this.
Looking to join a triathlon event? Make sure to go and see a triathlon physio Perth. Call Happy Physio Perth today on 9444 8729!