Here’s a little list for you.  It’s a list of injuries that are super common in endurance athletes, that I know have ready solutions, if only the right thing were done.  How hard is it for me to see all of these injured people failing to thrive, when the answers that I dole out in my clinic every day are so simple and effective.  

My message today isn’t about how to fix these problems or even about how you prevent them… That would demand a more in depth discussion than this article is about (although maybe in the future I could put something more extensive together if the demand were there).  My point today is that there is hope, and that there are solutions.  For all of you out there getting bad news from the guys in the lab coats, here’s a guy in a lab coat telling you that there is a solution.

I know, I know, how can I sit here miles away from you, without ever having assessed your injury and tell you that there is a solution for you?  My only answer to that is, that in my exerience, there usually is.  In orthopedics (the treatment of bones, joints, and muscle), there are as many different methods and theories as there are types of coffee at Starbucks, and that is saying something.  The problem is that your clinicians may not be proficient in the right type of treatment method that would work for your injury. (which is one of the reasons that I created Total Outcomes Physiotherapy in the first place)

What you need is a clinician that looks at your problem and says … “pas problemo,” because that is the dude or dudette that might help you.  Not the guy that gives you 16 reasons for why you’ll never run again.  He or she is covering their heiny.  I make this statement with the assumtion that there is not evidence of “grievous” structural derangement, but even if there was, one of my clients has run Ironman despite needing a total hip replacement surgery … His idea, not mine.  (Impossible is nothing, or what?!)

How easy for the clinician to give you 16 reasons for why you’ll never run again, but how hard is that for you to live with?  Consider this, it’s incredibly simple for a clinician to “not solve” their client’s problems, but thats not really why you went to them was it?  After all, you can “not solve” your problems on your own.  Isn’t triathlon about finding a way?  Isn’t it about substituting grit when other faculties fail.  Well shouldn’t we find a clinician with some fight in him or her as well who is willing to grapple your injury to the mat and submit it?  I think so.

Okay, heres the list … Read it and weep all you soft grit-less academics, because here at triathlon beginners we aim to change the world:

IT band friction syndrome
Rotator cuff tendinitis
Plantar fasciitis
Posterior tibial tendinitis
Jumpers knee
Patellofemoral pain
Hamstrings strain
Achilles tendinitis/tendinopathy
Gastrocnemious strain
Peronial tendinitis
Ankle sprain
Medial collateral ligament pain
Groin pain
Lower back pain
Mid back pain
Medial tibiakl stress syndrome
Neck pain
sacroiliac dysfunction
Tennis elbow
Golfers elbow
Piriformis syndrome
Psoas syndrome
TMJ dysfunction
… And so many more …