Triathletes push their bodies and work tirelessly to improve their performances in triathlon events, which can lead to orthopedic injuries that will require a break from rigorous training routines. If you are a triathlete and you have sustained an injury that has you on the sidelines, follow these tips to help you get back to your routine without risking further injuries.
Consult an orthopedic specialist
You’ll want to avoid self-diagnosing and self-treating injuries, since damage may be more severe than you suspect. Consulting an orthopedic physician to assess the injury and seeking rehabilitative care from a physical therapist will help you treat the injury properly and understand the timeline you may need to follow for returning to training. Plus, you will learn some helpful rehab exercises to promote faster healing and added strength to let you get back to on your feet.
Know your limits
Listening to your body will be integral in managing and preventing injuries. While your physical therapist will give you some guidelines on how much you can safely train, you should recognize your own limits and know when rest will be more important than training.
Maintain proper nutrition
If your training routine does slip as the result of an injury, it can be tempting to fall into a pattern of poor eating habits that will throw you even further off track. You should avoid the carbohydrate-heavy diet you might utilize in the peak of your training and focus on lean protein, vegetables, fruit, and complex carbohydrates.
Applied Physical Medicine | Tygiel Physical Therapy can provide specialized services for triathlete injuries and overall wellness with our Tucson practice. We utilize a wide range of non-surgical services, including kinesiology tape, dry needling, and physical therapy to create customize rehabilitation plans for individuals of all fitness levels. To schedule an appointment with our team, give us a call at (520) 296-8513.