Unrecognized heart problems are the primary cause of sports-related sudden cardiac death.
Consult with your
doctor about any warning signs during training such as chest pain/discomfort,
shortness of breath, light-headedness, or blacking out.
Your health, fitness level, and
preparation should guide your selection of an appropriate race or event.
Your race plan should be
consistent with your health, fitness level, and preparation.
Choose an event because it
places an emphasis on athlete safety, and is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.
Practice and prepare for open
water swim venues. Race day must not be your first exposure to an open-water swim competition.
Thoroughly review the race’s website
and all pre-race communications so you are knowledgable on the timetable for race day arrival and preparations.
Utilize all checklists and
information from the event, USA Triathlon and your coach to mentally prepare
for the competition.
Make certain your equipment is
safe and working properly. Make certain your wetsuit fits properly.
Get your bike checked before the event.
During the event, STOP
at the first sign of a medical problem such aschest pain/discomfort, breathing
difficulties, light-headedness, or unusually high heart rate and seek medical
attention. Your life may
depend on it. This is particularly important during a race swim, in which
rescue poses unique challenges.
During the event, tend to a
fellow athlete who has a medical problem.
Learn CPR and be prepared to
use those skills when needed. Ask your family and other supporters to do the same.