Know your athlete…Know your race

April 21, 2010 Posted by Dr.Murray
Effective treatment of the endurance athletes requires a basic knowledge of the rigors of the sport and training. You, the athlete, are best served when you have the confidence that your treating physician knows your sport as well as you do.
The Marathon covers 26 mile, 365 yards and was first run by the Greek messenger Phaedipides, who ran form the battle of Marathon to Athens. The Marathon race was started as modern Olympics event in 1896. There are more than 800 marathons in the world each year.
The 1st women’s marathon was in 1984 at the LA summer Olympics. Joan Benoit of the US won with a time of 2:24:52. Current Marathon World Record for males is 2:03:59, held by Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia), set a Berlin Marathon, Sep 2008. He is the first to break the 2:04 barrier. Current Marathon World Record for females is 2:15:25 held by Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) set a London Marathon, Apr 2003.
The Ironman triathlon consist of: Swim 2.4 miles, Bike 112 miles, Run 26.2 miles and the World Championships are held each October in Kona Hawaii. The Ironman 70.3 triathlon consists of: Swim 1.2 miles, Bike 56 miles, Run 13.1 miles and the World Championships are held each November in Clearwater FL. The Olympic triathlon consists of: Swim 0.9 miles, Bike 24.8 miles, Run 6.2 miles. The Sprint triathlon consists of: Swim 0.5 miles, Bike 12.4 miles, Run 3.1 miles.
The Ironman triathlon is often referred to as the “World’s most prestigious one-day endurance event!” It was started in 1978 by a group of Navy Special Warfare SEALS based in Hawaii who had an argument about who was the fittest athlete. Navy Commander John Collins suggested that the best way to decide would be to combine the Waikiki Rough Water Swim, the Around Oahu Bike Race, and the Honolulu Marathon… It was said who ever finished would be called the “Ironman”. Gordon Haller won the first Ironman competition in 11:46:58.
Endurance athlete injuries are predominantly chronic/overuse, but and involve acute trauma as well. Most often, injuries are to skin, toenails, stress fractures, leg pain, and knee pain. Finding alternative activity for the endurance athlete is critical to recover from injury. Cross training such as aqua running, swimming, spinning, elliptical allows the athlete to maintain cardio-vascular fitness, while not causing further delay in healing.

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