Review ArticlesTraining on a Knife’s Edge How to Balance Triathlon Training to Prevent Overuse InjuriesBales, James MD*; Bales, Karrn DO†Author Information *US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO †JKB Medical Exams, Monument, CO Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest. Reprints: James Bales, MD, 18270 Bent Oak Lane, Monument, CO 80132. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review: December 2012 - Volume 20 - Issue 4 - p 214-216 doi: 10.1097/JSA.0b013e318261ec58 Buy Metrics Abstract The sport of triathlon offers athletes the chance to build and/or maintain cardiovascular fitness across 3 endurance disciplines. Swimming, biking, and running each have a host of overuse injuries that can occur as a result of overtraining. High running mileage, a history of previous injury, inadequate warm up or cool down, and an increase in the years of triathlon experience are a few of the factors that have been linked to triathlon overuse injuries. Early identification of overtraining symptoms and a corresponding reallocation of balance between each discipline, perhaps with an emphasis on increasing swimming, may help prevent many overuse injuries. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.