Warming up for Spring: Triathlon Training and Injury Prevention

Scores of New York City Triathletes to Convene

New York, NY—March 2, 2006 

Even with the impending snow storm looming over New York, nearly 100 enthusiastic triathletes are expected to attend a prep session at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery on medical issues that may arise while training for, and competing in, a triathlon.

Medical experts and triathlon coaches from across the city will address the following topics:

  • How to recognize early injuries and prevent them from occurring
  • Medical issues for triathletes, including nutrition and injury prevention: Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome, shin splints, shoulder and hamstring injuries
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises to prevent and manage injuries

In addition, the event will include:

  • Live patient evaluation and patient video demonstrations
  • A panel discussion with New York City triathlon coaches (with audience participation)

Thursday, March 2, 2006
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70 Street, NYC (York Ave. & FDR Dr.) Richard L. Menschel Education Center, 2nd FL


  • Triathletes and other athletes looking for training guidance for spring and summer triathlons

  • Triathlon coaches from across New York City
    • Jay Borok, coach, Team-in-Training
    • Robert Pennino, head coach, Terrier Tri
    • Lee Silverman, JackRabbit Sports
    • Christophe Vandaele, Swim, Bike, and Run (SBR)

  • Doctors and triathlon medical professionals
    • Jordan Metzl, MD, assistant attending physician and pediatrician as well as the medical director and co-founder of the Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes at Hospital for Special Surgery. In addition to his medical career, Dr. Metzl is an avid sports enthusiast; he is a 25-time marathon runner and a 4-time Ironman triathlete. Dr. Metzl is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Young Athlete, A Sports Doctor's Complete Guide for Parents, published by Little Brown in 2002.
    • Dr. Paul Weiss, senior director, Asphalt Green, director, Triathlon Training Institute
    • Cynthia Gormezano, PT is a licensed physical therapist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She created Cynergy Physical Therapy and has worked with athletes of all ages, professional and amateur.

The Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes at Hospital for Special Surgery is one of the first sports medicine centers dedicated to the treatment of sports injuries in youth and adolescent athletes.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2007), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In the 2006 edition of HealthGrades' Hospital Quality in America Study, HSS received five-star ratings for clinical excellence in its specialties. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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