Triathlons are considered one of the ultimate tests of endurance that an athlete can face. Not only are you challenging your body with three high-performance races — running, swimming and biking — but you are also challenging your mind. It will be difficult to push through all the demands of a triathlon race. But a well-rounded triathlon training plan will help prepare you to perform at your absolute best.
When training for a triathlon, athletes need to consider all three parts of the race. While they may be strong in some areas, they also need to improve their skill in areas where they don’t feel as confident.
If you are looking for a partner to help you make the most out of your triathlon training, look no further than a specialist in physical therapy. Physical therapists are trained to prepare athletes of all levels for the challenges of an endurance race.
What can physical therapy do to help prepare for a triathlon?
Every athlete’s triathlon training plan will look different. That is why physical therapy is a great tool to help individual athletes pinpoint areas where they need to grow stronger. Here are a few ways that physical therapy can fit into a successful triathlon training plan:
- Monitoring your gait — Physical therapists use technology such as anti-gravity treadmills and recording equipment to help identify problems in your gait. They can check how your feet strike the ground, how they roll, and how your joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons work together when you run. This helps them see areas that might need improvement as well as identify any orthopedic issues that may be affecting your performance.
- Increasing muscle strength — Strong muscles are a must for endurance-based sporting events such as a triathlon. Building muscle strength in the right areas increases your muscles’ ability to perform over long periods of activity. Stronger muscle areas are also at lower risk of injury during a race.
- Improving flexibility — Keeping your body flexible helps you perform at your best while lowering the risk of injury. Physical therapists can guide you through exercises that help to keep your range of motion flexible. They can also identify any joints or muscles that are not as mobile as they should be.
Where can I turn for triathlon training physical therapy near me?
Whether this is your first triathlon or you’re looking to improve your training routine this year, Armor Physical Therapy has the experienced team and specialized care that you need. Armor PT has had a long-standing partnership with various triathlon clubs, training facilities, specialty running shoe stores and bicycle shops in the southwest Michigan area. Let us become a part of your team today.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.