Triathletes participate in three physically demanding, highly rigorous sports. They push themselves to perform at peak levels and go through intense training for races. Triathletes who incorporate yoga into their weekly routine have reported feeling more balanced, flexible and mobile.
Overtraining, repetitive motion and continuous impact can lead to muscle pulls and tears or even wear down the cartilage protecting the bones. Common injuries among triathletes are runner’s knee, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and a torn rotator cuff. Yoga assists in lengthening the muscles and strengthening the tendons, reducing stress to the joints and promoting proper alignment to reduce injury. This article targets the common tight areas in the bodies of triathletes, discusses how yoga helps and gives sample postures.
By Laura Waite