When I think of triathlete training, my mind always jumps to the level of commitment and how LOOOONG training is. Century Rides (100 miles) would amaze an average person, but is now part of TAI Chiropractic’s vernacular. Because of the training length, triathlete knee injuries are common conditions we see.
Most patients are familiar with MCL/ACL tears. These types of ligament injuries are prevalent in contact sports, such as soccer when getting hit from the side. However, with triathlete knee injuries we mostly see those causing inflammation surrounding the knee cap from overuse (such as Patella Tendonitis, and Iliotibial band syndrome).
What happens when you overuse a body part?
Every time we exercise, we cause minor tears in our tissue creating delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). In order to recover properly we need rest, sleep, and proper nutritional intake. When an athlete ignores these steps, the muscles healing capacity cannot keep up with the training intensity. To prevent your muscles from completely tearing, your body’s response is to build muscle adhesions. This lowers overall function of the muscle, and with repetition can lead to a high probability of injuries.
“To prevent your muscles from completely tearing,
your body’s response is to build muscle adhesions.”
How does lowered muscular function lead to triathlete knee injuries?