Chiropractic Care for Triathlon Performance and Recovery
A triathlon is an athletic event incorporating back-to-back running, cycling and
swimming. Triathlons exert great strain on the body, which may challenge athletes on both
physical and mental levels. The extreme training a triathlete must endure can put the body
under great cumulative stress, and it’s not uncommon for the athletes to suffer from a broad
range of injuries and overuse stresses.
There are numerous worldwide triathlon events, such as Ironman, Half-Ironman,
Olympic and Spring. The majority of these events advocate the use of chiropractic care to aid
not only in treating injuries, but also to improve performance. Chiropractic care offers the
possibility of enhanced finishing times and a greater likelihood of triathletes finishing
Chiropractic treatment is a practice that focuses on the neuromuscular
skeletal system and its use optimizes biomechanics. For these reasons, chiropractic care is
ideal for athletes looking to treat or prevent injuries.
One type of chiropractic treatment used by many triathletes is the “Active
Release Technique,” which is a form of soft tissue treatment based on an advanced movement
massage system. It is very effective in locating and treating the cause of soft tissue
conditions. Active Release Techniques are used in most of the large name triathlons. Many
triathletes suffer from injuries attributed to repetitive strain and stress, since excessive
training can result in muscle restrictions due to adhesion formation. Before treatment takes
place, a biomechanical analysis of the athlete is conducted to determine the exact location
of restrictions in the body along the kinetic chain. Active Release Techniques focus on
specific tissues that have become restricted physically, and are then manipulated back into
their original texture, tension and position. Once the soft tissues are repositioned,
specific exercises are then carried out in order to aid the recovery of damaged tissues.
Unlike most treatments, treating the injured triathlete with chiropractic care does not
require extended rest periods before improvements are seen. It is very common that injured
athletes who receive the Active Release Technique show signs of improvement in just a few
sessions. For those who are looking to invest only in preventive treatment, improvement in
performance is also achieved in the span of a few sessions.
A possible reason that chiropractic care prior to an event can result in performance enhancement
may be that spinal adjustments improve the body’s maximal oxygen consumption ability. Since
prevention is easier than treatment of an injury, many professional athletes invest in preventive
and performance enhancing chiropractic treatment.
 http://www.kinetichealth.ca/4-Triathalon.html Accessed September 2011
 http://www.bthconline.com/sport-injuriesperformance.html Accessed September