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The UNC Triathlete Health and Fitness Survey: An Epidemiological Cohort Study of Training Practices and Injury Patterns in North Carolina Triathletes

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The UNC Triathlete Health and Fitness Survey: An Epidemiological Cohort Study of Training Practices and Injury Patterns in North Carolina Triathletes By Joshua N. Tennant A Master's Paper submitted to the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Public Health in the Public Health Leadership Program. Chapel Hill 2006 Date The UNC Triathlete Health and Fitness Survey: An Epidemiological Study of Training Practices and Injury Patterns in North Carolina Triathletes By Joshua N. Tennant A Master's Paper submitted to the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Public Health in the Public Health Leadership Program. Chapel Hill 2006 Russell Harris, MD, MPH (Advisor) Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC (Second Reader) Date Tennant 1 Introduction The sport of triathlon is a physically demanding activity that has seen great growth in popularity among physically active individuals in recent years20 Because of the potential risks involved in training for and competing in triathlons, it is the responsibility of the public health and medical community to assess the safety issues with the intent of offering injury prevention methods for those involved with the sport. Triathlon is traditionally composed of swimming, biking, and running- usually in that order. Lengths of triathlons vary, ranging from the sprint triathlon (0.5 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run) to the lronman triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26 mile run). Intermediate lengths include the Olympic (1 mile swim, 24 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run) and half-lronman (half the length of the lronman) distances (Table 1). All such races are considered full triathlons. The purpose of this paper is to: 1) provide a systematic review of the epidemiological injur

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