Triathlon Injuries


Mastering three disciplines takes an extraordinary amount of time and training. Triathletes routinely push their bodies to the limits. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that triathlon-related injuries occur. It is quite common for triathletes to keep pushing through the pain. However, it is important to differentiate between the good pain that accompanies a hard training session and pain that lingers, which denotes an injury.

Rest, ice, compression, painkillers can all help to alleviate the pain. However, sometimes this is not enough. With the next race just around the corner, most triathletes are keen to return to full fitness as soon as possible. Triathletes need to see a specialist that understands them, that knows what they are sacrificing and what they are putting their bodies through. And perhaps most importantly, they need somebody that knows what is required to get better.

Some statistics

In one of the largest studies on triathlon injuries to date, researchers found that more than a third of triathletes experienced an injury during the competition season. Moreover, approximately 80% of these injuries were as a result of overuse. Here at The Putney Clinic we understand overuse injuries and we strongly advocate injury prevention. We will work with you to develop your strength, flexibility and endurance. By doing this, we aim to minimise your risk of injury in the future.

Common Triathlon injuries

Some of the most common triathlon injuries include:

  • Anterior knee pain
  • Iliotibial band friction syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder problems
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Patella tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis

Triathlon injuries management at the Putney Clinic

If you have a current injury that is affecting your training, a recurring injury that refuses to improve, or want to know how to prevent injuries happening in the first place, come and see one of our experts for a complete review. We offer a complete triathlon injuries management and prevention service.

Through our team of experts in osteopathy, podiatry, sports massage and physiotherapy, we can quickly assess and treat your injury under one roof. What's more, we can also arrange consultations with cutting edge sports scientists, coaches and personal trainers through our sports and medical partners. In addition, we can also offer you a bespoke bike setup analysis.

How to book an appointment

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our sports injury specialists, call us on 020 8789 3881. Treatments within our Sports Injury Medicine Clinic are difficult to price without first understanding your specific requirements. To consult our basic treatment fees, click here.


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