By Ironguides x Le Physio Clinic.

In the rigorous training season, many triathletes find themselves grappling with a variety of injuries. These injuries can range from acute incidents to overuse injuries, with the latter being particularly prevalent due to the high-intensity and repetitive nature of triathlon training. One of the most common overuse injuries experienced by triathletes is shoulder pain, often linked to rotator cuff problems. Understanding the causes and preventative measures for this type of injury is crucial for maintaining a balanced and effective training regimen.

The Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain

When triathletes engage in long runs and rides, they adopt an “aero” posture to conserve energy and optimize performance. This posture, characterized by a rounded spine and prolonged static positioning, can significantly limit shoulder motion. Over time, this lack of movement leads to increased tension along the front of the body, resulting in stiffness and reduced shoulder mobility.

 For triathletes, this misalignment can be particularly detrimental in swimming, a discipline that demands substantial shoulder complex control and mobility. The repetitive overhead movements required in swimming can exacerbate existing shoulder issues, leading to pinching and tearing of the rotator cuffs.

Preventing these common injuries

Triathletes can significantly reduce the risk of rotator cuff injuries and maintain a balanced training program. Implementing these preventative measures will not only enhance performance but also contribute to long-term athletic health and sustainability.

A technique that can help improve shoulder and spine mobility beyond daily mobility drills is the Myofascial Release Technique. Myofascial release is a therapeutic approach used to relieve pain and increase mobility by targeting the myofascial tissues, which are the tough membranes that wrap, connect, and support muscles. This technique works on the concept of “Tensegrity”, which influences how the body maintains posture by distributing mechanical stress and strain. Tensegrity allows for a combination of stability and flexibility, essential for movement and adaptation. This balance is crucial for dynamic activities as the interconnected network of fascia and muscles continuously adjusts tension to keep the body upright and balanced, even during movement.

Myofascial Release treatment involves applying gentle, sustained pressure and gliding on the fascia to release tension and improve lotion in tissues, helping to alleviate discomfort and restore normal movement patterns. 

For personalized advice and treatment options, consider booking a consultation with a specialist. At Le Physio Clinic, located in the heart of Bangkok at the Interchange Building in Asoke, our team of experts is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their Goals.

Contact us at 092 246 9955 and use the discount code found in the members area on the ironguides website to receive 10% off all treatments. 

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