Triathlon: Running injuries

Andrea M. Spiker, Sameer Dixit, Andrew J. Cosgarea

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The running portion of the triathlon represents the final leg of the competition and, by some reports, the most important part in determining a triathlete's overall success. Although most triathletes spend most of their training time on cycling, running injuries are the most common injuries encountered. Common causes of running injuries include overuse, lack of rest, and activities that aggravate biomechanical predisposers of specific injuries. We discuss the running-associated injuries in the hip, knee, lower leg, ankle, and foot of the triathlete, and the causes, presentation, evaluation, and treatment of each.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-213
Number of pages8
JournalSports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • iliotibial band syndrome
  • overuse injuries
  • patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • running injuries
  • stress fracture
  • triathlon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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