Top 10 Triathlon Injuries & How to Fix Them

As endurance athletes, we all know that training and racing comes with its fair share of aches, pains, and injuries. We also know that there is a wide range of injury severity. Some we can train through and others sideline us while we recover. That’s where this eBook comes in…

Top 10 Triathlon Injuries & How to Fix Them
by Leigh Boyle DPT, CSCS

Our goal isn’t to keep you away from your healthcare team. Instead we aim to educate you on when you need to worry, who you need to see, and most importantly, what you can do on your own at home with the treatment tools available to you (foam rollers, trigger point equipment, tennis balls, etc).

This resource will help you catch injuries fast and keep them from becoming full blown, sidelining injuries!


Learn How To Help Yourself

The first section of this downloadable eBook is all about our self-treatment system and the why and how behind it!

To bring you through the full healing spectrum, we use five steps.

1 – Self Muscle Massage (using a foam roller and tennis ball)

2 – Mobilization Techniques (joint and muscle)

3 – Stretching

4 – Kinesiology Taping

5 – Strengthening

Not only does this system help heal your injury by going after the route of the problem, it also helps prevent it from coming back by restoring muscle strength and balance.

The following section dives right into the injuries themselves. For each injury, you’ll get a run down of the common causes and what to watch out for.

Remember, the ATA website is not designed to keep you away from your healthcare team! We’re here to educate you on what’s serious and what it looks like in the early stages so that you can get after it and keep it from becoming a serious injury.

We’ll walk you through each of the five treatment and rehabilitation steps specific to that injury.

Here’s a run down of the injuries we’ll be talking about:

1 – Plantar Fasciitis

2 – Achilles Tendonitis

3 – Shin Splints (Tibial Stress Syndrome)

4 – Hamstring Strains

5 – Patellofemoral Syndrome (PFS)

6 – Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

7 – Hip Flexor Strains

8 – Low Back Strain

9 – Shoulder Impingement

10 – Neck Strains


Your Treatment Plan For Each Injury

For each of the injuries listed above you will be given a full treatment plan using our five techniques. All of the links you’ll need to how-to videos and blog posts will all be included on one convenient treatment page.

This is a LOT of information. Between reading the individual treatment posts, watching the videos, etc, the first treatment session can easily be in the region of 1-2 hours.

That’s why we’ve included a few additional items to help beat that learning curve and streamline the process, so you can hit the ground running.

How do we do that?

The first part will be through new injury specific videos.

Each video will walk you through the techniques specific to the injury so that you can watch while you treat.

In addition to the videos, you’ll also receive cheat sheets for each injury that will walk you through the soft tissue work. These sheets are easy to throw on your tablet or laptop and scroll through, making it easy to refer to them as you go.

Here’s what one of our cheat sheets looks like:

Click The Image Above To Download This Example Cheat Sheet

Still not sure if this is right for you or want to read more about the specifics of our self treatment system?


About The Author 

My name is Leigh Boyle and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). For the past 10 years, I was the co-owner of a private physical therapy practice in Southern New Hampshire. I am currently living and working out of Austin, Texas and enjoying a much needed break from the snow and cold. Professionally, I’ve treated injuries ranging from mild ankle sprains to advanced surgical reconstructions and most everything in between. I am certified in the Graston Technique and Active Release Therapy (ART), both of which are soft tissue mobilization techniques. I am also certified in functional taping applications and functional strenghtening. I’ve coached triathlon, cycling, and running teams on injury prevention and helped them develop off-season programs to focus on core strength and self body maintenance.