BetterPT Supports NYC Triathlon Competitors Before and After the Race
It’s almost here! The epic NYC Triathlon, where you get to race through the busiest streets of NYC, swim 1.5k in the current filled Hudson River and bike 40k on the Hudson Parkway to the Bronx and back. We know how hard you have prepared for this race and BetterPT is here to support you on your journey.
The Physical Demands On a Triathlete
Triathletes are a special bread. Self-disciplined, determined, competitive, passionate are a few adjectives to describe a triathlete. The skill, time commitment, and schedule coordination it takes to train for not only a run, but a bike and a swim while having a day job
Aches and pains are part of triathletes’ daily lives. Physical and mental toughness are a necessity with inspirational quotes to live by. Triathletes endure all types of injuries from a crash while biking, shoulder pain while swimming, to stress fractures while running. Taking care of your body as a triathlete is essential. Making sure you have proper nutrition, hydration and medical care are all parts of the secret to finishing and succeeding in a triathlon.
How BetterPT Can Support Your Triathlon Journey
Seeking out physical therapy prior to your race can offer you some last-minute injury alleviation. Physical therapy can utilize modalities such as electrical stim, heat, and laser to decrease aches and pains, provide manual stretching and massaging techniques to decrease soft tissue tension and provide proper education on which Kinesio taping technique is best. Physical therapy is a perfect addition to those 48 hours leading up to race day.
Seeking out physical therapy after your race can help ensure those aches and pains don’t become serious injuries. A physical therapist can evaluate any areas of your body that posed problematic during training or race day. A physical therapist can create the proper rest and recovery plan for your body in addition to a plan of care that combines exercises, stretches, and mobilization techniques. Physical therapy is the “food” that your body is craving for
Good luck on your triathlon and thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey. Continue to push yourself to get BETTER every day!
Dr. Marla Ranieri graduated from Stanford University with her bachelor's degree in Human Biology in 2005 and went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2009. Marla has worked with all types of individuals, including professional athletes as part of the USA Gymnastics Medical Staff. Marla continues to treat patients with evidence-based medicine and the best quality of care.