Enhance Your Triathlon Performance

Staying Injury Free… and performing at your peak!

Triathlons are extremely strenuous events that challenge athletes at both physical and mental levels, both during the actual event and during pre-event training. Typical triathlons consist of swimming, cycling, and running over various distances, with each event occurring back-to-back.

For example, in the the Ironman Triathlon, competitors swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run a full 26.2-mile marathon. Participants range in age from 18-80 years and come from over fifty countries around the world.

The extreme training places a great deal of stress on the body, and athletes suffer from a broad range of injuries, as well as over-use stresses.

Ironman, Half-Ironman, Olympic and Sprint events are held all over the world. For the past few years, ART practitioners have been working on athletes at ART clinics in the Ironman Triathlons.

Their participation has resulted in substantially better performance, better finish times, and a greater number of athletes actually completing this incredible event.

Types of Triathlon EventsBack to the Top

Type of Triathlon Event Type Highlights
Swim Bicycle Run
Kids of Steel
100 – 500m 5-15 km 1-5 km The actual distances vary depending on the age of the athlete.
Super Sprint
400 m
(0.25 mi)
10 km
(6.2 mi)
2.5 km
(1.5 mi)
Some Super Sprint courses have different lengths than those listed here.
750 m
(0.5 mi)
20 km
(12.4 mi)
5 km
(3.1 mi)
Sprint Triathlons are particularly popular with people who are starting out, or are in training for longer triathlons.
1.5 km
(0.93 mi)
40 km
(24.8 mi)
10 km
(6.2 mi)
Half Triathlon
1.9 km
(1.2 mi)
90 km
(56 mi)
21.09 km
Also called “medium distance” or 70.3.
Ironman Triathlon
3.8 km
(2.4 mi)
180 km
(112 mi)
42.195 km
(26.2 mi) marathon
This is the classic, and most famous triathlon, with each nation hosting national races, and with top athletes becoming eligible to participate in the Hawaiian Ironman.

How can ART improve my Triathlon Performance?Back to the Top

Triathletes suffer from a broad range of repetitive strain and stress-related injuries. The difficult training causes muscle restrictions due to adhesion formation, and results in numerous types of injuries.

A biomechanical analysis of athletes to determine exactly where the restrictions are located, along the entire Kinetic Chain. ART treatments are specific and based upon the individual needs of each athlete. It is not a cookbook approach to treating a non-specific diagnosis.

  • ART® practitioners find the specific tissues that are restricted and physically work them back to their normal texture, tension, and length by using various hand positions and soft-tissue manipulation methods.
  • Once the soft-tissues (ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, fascia and nerves) have returned to their normal state,we prescribe specific exercises that help to strengthen the damaged tissues.

Dr. Abelson treating an athlete at a competition in Calgary!

Unlike most therapies, ART® does not require extended periods of rest before you notice results. You usually see significant improvements to the injured area after only two to three sessions.

It is also not uncommon, after only a few sessions, to see a considerable improvement in the athlete’s best personal performance.


Motion Analysis at Kinetic HealthBack to the Top

At Kinetic Health, our practitioners have a strong basis in biomechanical analysis, nutritional health, exercise physiology, and weight loss. Their experience, both as medical practitioners, and as exercise specialists, can help you to achieve your performance goals in a long-term, sustainable manner.

At Kinetic Health we provide you with a means to enhance your overall sports performance by identifying and releasing restrictions that reduce performance and cause injuries.

During this analysis (swimming, cycling or running) we:

  • Determine which structures are affected along the triathlete’s kinetic chain. We focus on more than just the chief area of restriction. For example, a runner with a knee injury will often have accompanying restrictions in a multitude of soft-tissue structures above and below the knee.
  • Identify the antagonistic structures (opposing muscle groups) to those that have been identified as the primary structures causing the imbalance. Since function and performance is based upon balance and coordination, an opposing soft-tissue structure is always affected by restrictions in the primary structure.
  • We then treat each soft-tissue dysfunction with the appropriate technique to restore full function to the affected structures.

The result is almost always a noticeable improvement in triathlon performance. By using this process, we have helped hundred of triathletes achieve their goals and prevented numerous debilitating injuries from occurring.

Dr. Abelson has been competing in triathlons since 1982 when he did his first Ironman race in Kona, Hawaii.


Call Kinetic Health for a personal biomechanical analysis to either help improve your performance, or to help you in recovering from a training related injury.

We can help you to get back on your feet faster, and more safely!



Triathlon Associations

Check out some of the following Triathlon associations for more information:

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Kinetic Health
Soft Tissue Mgt. Systems
10–34 Edgedale Drive NW
Calgary, AB T3A 2R4, Canada
p | 403-241–3772
f | 403-241–3846
e | reception@kinetichealth.ca


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