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Triathlon Science Online CE Course

Triathlon Science Online CE Course


Available As

    Online Course

    Course components can be delivered as printed products or online:
    • Triathlon Science text
    • Study guide
    • Continuing education exam
    Triathlon Science CE Course presents the most cutting- edge concepts, methods, and information to help train beginners to serious triathletes to reach their race potential. Triathletes participate in environmental extremes, such as high-altitude, extreme heat or cold, which puts the triathlete at risk for life-threatening injury. The repetitive nature of running, swimming, and biking puts these athletes at risk for repetitive injuries. The Triathlon Science CE Course  teaches the musculoskeletal and physiological demands of the sport and athletic trainers, healthcare and fitness professionals, personal trainers, and coaches will learn how to fine- tune the physiological aspects of training individual athletes for each of the three disciplines and master the technical execution and efficiency for each event. Training modes, methods, and strategies are presented along with base building and multisport event-specific training and racing tactics.  In-depth discussion of environmental factors and equipment options, nutrition for triathletes, injury prevention, and the psychology of multisport will take triathletes to the next level of performance.

    An accompanying study guide outlines the course’s learning objectives, emphasizing the key points to review and helping learners to prepare for the course exam. The study guide includes a table of contents, course syllabus, key terminology, chapter activities, and a referenced answer key to the study guide.

    The companion edited book, Triathlon Science, is written by leading triathlon experts who have achieved great success in training triathletes. This self-guided course allows users to work at their own pace in exploring the material and finishing with a 100-question exam composed of multiple- choice and true-or- false questions.

    Course Objectives
    • Outline the physical attributes of triathletes such as cardiopulmonary physiology and muscle anatomy, environmental and genetic factors, and sex and age differences.
    • Design training modes and methods for triathletes such as warm-up and cool-down, general and specific training, and strength and interval training.
    • Explain how environmental factors and equipment options can affect performance.
    • Describe the biomechanics of swimming, cycling, and running and how changes in technique can improve efficiency and performance.
    • Understand training strategies in the triathlon, including periodization, tapering, and the physiology of overtraining.
    • Learn how to build a proper training base for swimming, biking, and running.
    • Define the physiological function in triathlon training, including aerobic capacity, economy, anaerobic threshold, and recovery.
    • Recognize the nutrition needs of triathletes, including energy needs, nutrient timing, and supplements.
    • Understand the multisport-specific training and racing tactics for various race distances and events.
    • Discuss the psychology of multisport and outline the mental skills for peak performances.
    • Understand sports medicine for triathletes, including medical care, preventive measures, and recovery techniques.
    Skills Active / REPs pre requisites can be found here:


    A continuing education course for personal trainers, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, and coaches.

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Course Syllabus
    Course Materials
    Course Instructions
    Learning Objectives
    Part II: Learning With the Triathlon Science Book

    Part I Physical Attributes of Triathletes
    Chapter 1 Physiology and the Multisport Athlete
    Randall L. Wilber
    Chapter 2 Genetics and Inheritance in Triathlon Performance
    Ildus I. Ahmetov and Malcolm Collins
    Chapter 3 Gender and Age Considerations in Triathlon
    Romuald Lepers

    Part II Technical Execution and Efficiency in Each Event
    Chapter 4 Swimming Biomechanics for Triathlon
    David Pease
    Chapter 5 Cycling Biomechanics for Triathlon
    Jeff Broker and Sean Langlais
    Chapter 6 Running Biomechanics for Triathlon
    George Dallam

    Part III Environmental Factors and Equipment Options
    Chapter 7 In the Water
    Bruce Mason and Gina Sacilotto
    Chapter 8 On the Bike
    Jeff Broker and Sean Langlais
    Chapter 9 For the Run
    George Dallam
    Chapter 10 Triathlon Training Technologies
    Hunter Allen

    Part IV Physiological Function in Triathlon Training
    Chapter 11 Aerobic Capacity
    Ross Tucker
    Chapter 12 Economy
    Ross Tucker
    Chapter 13 Anaerobic Threshold
    Ross Tucker
    Chapter 14 Muscle Types and Triathlon Performance
    Ross Tucker
    Chapter 15 Fatigue Resistance and Recovery
    Ross Tucker

    Part V Training Modes and Methods for Triathletes
    Chapter 16 Warm-Up and Cool-Down
    David Warden
    Chapter 17 Flexibility and Core Strength
    David Warden
    Chapter 18 Strength Training
    David Warden
    Chapter 19 General and Specific Training
    David Warden
    Chapter 20 Interval Training
    David Warden

    Part VI Training Strategies in Triathlon
    Chapter 21 Duration, Frequency, and Intensity
    Stephen McGregor
    Chapter 22 Periodization
    Stephen McGregor
    Chapter 23 Tapering and Peaking for Races
    Stephen McGregor
    Chapter 24 Physiology of Overtraining
    Matt Fitzgerald

    Part VII Training Base Building for Triathlon
    Chapter 25 Swim Base Building
    Jim Vance
    Chapter 26 Bike Base Building
    Neal Henderson
    Chapter 27 Run Base Building
    George Dallam

    Part VIII Multisport Event-Specific Training and Racing Tactics
    Chapter 28 Sprint
    Gale Bernhardt
    Chapter 29 Olympic
    Gale Bernhardt
    Chapter 30 Half-Ironman
    Gale Bernhardt
    Chapter 31 Ironman
    Gale Bernhardt
    Chapter 32 Duathlon
    Gale Bernhardt
    Chapter 33 Combination Workout Training
    Gale Bernhardt

    Part IX Sports Medicine for Triathletes
    Chapter 34 Triathlete Body Maintenance and Medical Care
    John Post
    Chapter 35 Triathlon Injuries and Preventive Measures
    Nate Koch
    Chapter 36 Triathlon Injury Recovery Techniques
    Nate Koch

    Part X Nutrition for Triathletes
    Chapter 37 Energy Needs, Sources, and Utilization
    Bob Seebohar
    Chapter 38 Nutrition Periodization
    Bob Seebohar
    Chapter 39 Nutrient Timing for Triathlon Training and Racing
    Bob Seebohar
    Chapter 40 Supplements for Triathletes
    Bob Seebohar

    Part XI Psychology of Multisport
    Chapter 41 Mental Toughness for Triathlon
    JoAnn Dahlkoetter
    Chapter 42 Psychology of Triathlon Training
    JoAnn Dahlkoetter
    Chapter 43 Mental Skills for Peak Triathlon Performance
    JoAnn Dahlkoetter
    Epilogue: The Application of Science in Triathlon
    Joe Friel

    Study Guide Answer Key
    Part III: Exam and Evaluation
    Exam Instructions
    Exam Answer Sheet
    Course Evaluation
    Certificate Information

    About the Author

    Joe Friel, MSc, has trained endurance athletes since 1980. He served as head coach of the U.S. national triathlon team at the world championships in 2000, and athletes he has worked with have competed in the Olympic Games and world and national championships. He is cofounder of USA Triathlon’s National Coaching Association and served on the USA Triathlon Coaching Certification Committee. Friel is a Colorado state masters triathlon champion and a Rocky Mountain region and Southwest region duathlon age-group champion, and he has been a perennial USA Triathlon All-American duathlete. As a member of several national duathlon teams, Friel was a top 5 contender in world-class events and competed in road running and United States Cycling Federation races. He is the author of The Triathlete’s Training Bible, Your First Triathlon, Your Best Triathlon, Total Heart Rate Training, and The Paleo Diet for Athletes. He is a contributor to Precision Heart Rate Training and USA Triathlon’s Complete Triathlon Guide.

    Jim Vance is a coach of triathlon and duathlon, running, and cycling at TrainingBible Coaching and the founder and head coach of TriJuniors, a USAT high-performance team in San Diego. For his coaching, he was named the 2009 Tri Club of San Diego Coach of the Year and was appointed U.S. elite national team coach for the Duathlon World Championships in 2011 and 2012. He has coached athletes who have won or qualified for events, including the U.S. Elite National Championship, Elite ITU World Championship, Ironman World Championship, 70.3 World Championship, and XTERRA European Tour Elite. A former elite triathlete who spent time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Vance placed third in the Florida Ironman and was an International Triathlon Union age-group world champion, an XTERRA amateur world champion, and a letter winner at the University of Nebraska in track and field and cross country.