Can cross-conditioning reduce injuries in triathletes?

Gautam P. Yagnik, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
As more casual athletes sign up for triathlons, a misconception lingers about these events and the training required. Many people think working different muscles, also known as cross-conditioning reduces the chance of injury, because the strain is spread throughout the body. But this notion is mostly a myth.

Triathletes tend to switch from a single sport -- most often distance running or cycling -- and add to their training the other two disciplines. But additional workouts without proper pacing and precautions lead to overuse injuries.

Cross-conditioning is important and a key training element for triathletes. But proper preparation, stretching, hydration, periods of rest and other precautions should be taken to avoid overuse injuries.

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