Review ArticlesThe Medical Perspective of the Kona Ironman TriathlonLaird, Robert H. MD, FAAP*; Johnson, Don MD, FRCS C†Author Information *Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics FAAP, Kailua Kona, HI †Sports Medicine Clinic, Carleton University, 1125 Col By Drive, Ottawa ON, Canada Disclosure: The author declares no conflict of interest. Reprints: Robert H. Laird, MD, FAAP, 76-6225 Kuakini Hwy Ste C-101, Kailua Kona, HI 96740. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review: December 2012 - Volume 20 - Issue 4 - p 239 doi: 10.1097/JSA.0b013e3182736e8e Buy Metrics Abstract The Kona Ironman Triathlon is one of the most difficult endurance races in the world. The medical director of this race has summarized his experience in managing the injuries that these triathletes suffer. The heat, strong winds, and overall length of the event present unique injuries in swimming, cycling, and running. These injuries and their management have evolved over the years, and the change in their treatment is discussed. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.