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Triathlon Injuries: Transitioning from Prevalence to Prediction and Prevention

Kienstra, Carolyn M. MD1; Asken, Tristen R. PT, DPT, CSCS2; Garcia, Jennifer D. PT, DPT, MTC2; Lara, Vanessa MS, ATC, LAT3; Best, Thomas M. MD, PhD4

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000417
Competitive Sports: Section Articles

The Ironman triathlon began in Hawaii in 1978 with 50 participants. Since then, the race has continued to grow in popularity. Injuries are very common among triathletes. Studies have looked at the relationship between injuries and many different factors. Sex, age, and morphological characteristics, such as height, weight, and body mass index, have not been shown to correlate with injury. The association between training volume and injury has shown inconsistent results. This could be due to multiple factors in study design including definitions and evaluation of training volume. Recent literature highlights the complex relationship between risk factors and injury occurrence. This article reviews the epidemiology and risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries in Ironman distance triathletes as well as general research and theories on training volume assessment and injury risk to provide recommendations for future studies and strategies for injury prevention.

A review of injuries among triathletes and current research on the association between training load and injury risk.

1Department of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics, UHealth Sports Medicine Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL; 2Department of Physical Therapy, University of Miami, Miami, FL; and 3Department of Kinesiology and Sports Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL; 4Department of Orthopaedics and Family Medicine, UHealth Sports Medicine Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Address for correspondence: Carolyn M. Kienstra, MD, Department of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics, UHealth Sports Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Room 1057A, 1601 NW 12th Ave, Miami, FL 33136; E-mail: ckienstra@med.miami.edu.

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