Friday 30 September 2016

Do not train if you're feeling pain

Published 05/07/2016 | 02:30

If your triathlon training is causing pain, it's best to rest up or face causing injury
If your triathlon training is causing pain, it's best to rest up or face causing injury

Triathlons are this summer's new fitness challenge - but first-timers can find the training rigorous.

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Steven Berkman of London's Boost Physio, a five-time triathlon competitor, says 80pc of injuries occur in training. "You've set yourself an incredible task of training for a 1.5k swim, 40k cycle and a 10k run. It is inevitable that you'll feel some aches and pain after exercising regularly."

Problems start, especially for first-time triathletes, when you keep training through the pain, the expert physio says.

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The main injuries people suffer from when training are usually shoulder pain from swimming. Cycling injuries are usually knee or hip related, and running injuries are usually from the knee down to the foot area. If experiencing DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and not pain from injury, you will feel better after an easy cycle or jog. But an injury will make the pain worse and that is when you should seek professional advice.

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