Triathlon season is kicking off and this year we are excited to be exhibiting at several IRONMAN & Marathon Fitness Expos across the US, where we will be educating athletes and attendees, on our joint restoring implants.
For athletes, surgery is often the last resort. But, if you find yourself at that point and exploring the next steps you should know what your options are and what will get you back to your sport with confidence and without any physical restrictions.
Unfortunately for most people who run – there is a lot of twisting and rotation in the trunk, in their pelvis and in their legs which causes a lot of torsional forces through the knee. This results in inflammation and irritation to the cartilage, ligaments and tendons surrounding the knee.
Unless the cause of your knee pain is addressed you run the risk of always having knee pain while running.
Among injury rates in triathletes, the knee, lower back and foot are the most prevalent. If the pain is severe enough that you have to stop, it’s worth seeking professional advice through a sports medicine doctor rather than trying to rehab it on your own or worse, working through the pain.
- Strength train. When training for a triathlon, be sure that you are adding in exercises that will strengthen your hamstrings and glutes. These muscles are your powerhouse for running and with proper training can be the difference in not only your finish time, but also in preventing knee injuries.
- Hire a pro. Consider hiring a personal trainer that specializes in runners and who will even help you improve your running gait.
- Know your body. Learn to recognize which foods are associated with joint pain. The most common inflammation triggers are: refined sugars, simple carbs, and unhealthy fats.