People who are seriously involved in duathlon push their bodies to the limit as this is a very challenging sport. However, human beings are not machines, and our bodies have their breaking point. In this sport, injuries are common and quite possible. During the training and races, different groups of muscles must be working very intensively, so it might cause one of the most common injuries. Every athlete and enthusiast of duathlon should take extra attention to these parts to avoid any negative impact.
Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
Both activities of duathlon are creating a lot of pressure for knees, and the syndrome of the iliotibial band is the most common case among athletes. The main symptoms are sharp pain on the outside of the knee just below the joint and a lack of leg stability. If this syndrome is not treated soon, it can be extremely painful, and all training would be postponed for a very long time.
It happens when the knee is repetitively bent and straightened, causing greater friction between the iliotibial band and the femur. If you are increasing training intensity too quickly, running not properly or cycling form along with muscle tightness and imbalance, then such an injury is very likely to happen. Also, it might happen because of the weak muscles of the hips. The foam roller can help to cure and prevent this syndrome because these rollers break down knots and prepare muscles for stretching.
This is a big problem for all kinds of runners. The long-lasting pain below a calf and above a heel. Initially, a little bump or red spot can be visible, as a result, the injury is quite difficult to spot quickly. The pain is not so sharp but it all might become a chronic issue if the treatment is denied.
The main cause of tendonitis is overstretching of the tendons, and the inflammation might be caused soon. The tendon can also become inflamed with overuse or factors like overpronation when running. In order to avoid this problem, strengthen stabilizing muscles, do exercises to improve your balance, and do not forget the proper warming up and stretching routines during your training. The proper shoes and a well-fitting bike are very important factors also. If you think that you might have Achilles tendonitis, then visit a doctor in the first place. Later, you can cure yourself while rolling bottom of your foot with a golf ball or lacrosse ball.
If you do not allow yourself to have enough rest or do not take enough time to recover, then the stress fracture can be caused easily. As stress fractures are a result of the incessant shockwaves we experience while training, they are mainly confined to the hips, legs, and feet. The main symptoms are pain and a lack of muscle tonus. In order to avoid this injury, have enough sleep, take your stretching routine seriously, allow your body to recover, and wear proper running shoes.