Im Podcast zusammengefasst der Beitrag über „The Epidemiological Aspects of Illness and Injury in Triathlon“ von Dr. Vleck und MMag. Dr. David Höden im Zuge der World Triathlon Series Conference – ITU Grand Final (Edmonton/Canada)

Link: (Episode 5)


This is the fifth episode in our series of podcasts featuring the speakers from our 2020 Science and Triathlon Conference. In this episode, we have two guests – Dr. Veronica Vleck and Dr. David Höden. Together, Dr. Vleck and Dr. Höden wrote the book chapter on “The Epidemiological Aspects of Illness and Injury in Triathlon”, and this is also the topic of our conversation. Few people, if any, have collected more information on this topic than today’s guests.

In this episode, we discuss what causes injuries or illnesses in triathletes, the most common sites of injury, what are the intrinsic and extrinsic factors related to injuries, and more. Dr. Vleck and Dr. Höden also answer the million-dollar question “can we prevent injuries in triathletes?”.




Dr. Veronica Vleck is a former Laboratory Director of the National Sports Medicine Institute of the UK, with extensive experience in providing sports science support, across multiple sports and athlete ability levels, from novices through to Olympic medalists. She was the long-time Chair of the ETU Medical and Research Committee: organizing the first-ever European Championships coaches conference, and overseeing the medical set up for the 2012 (pre-Olympic) European Triathlon Championships. As a former Senior University lecturer, she also has considerable teaching experience in sports and exercises physiology and psychology. Veronica has over 85 academic publications, including the triathlon-specific chapters of both the IOC handbook of sports medicine on the epidemiology of injury and illness in Olympic Sports and the World Book of Swimming. Furthermore, Veronica has been both a triathlon club (age-group) Head coach and coached at the Elite (Olympic qualification) level.


David Höden Ph.D. is a lecturer in strength and conditioning, flexibility, endurance training, coaching, L-diagnostics, swimming, and triathlon at both the Institute of Sports Science and Karl Franzens University-Graz, as well as at the Federal Sports Academy and the College of Higher Education. Lately, both his research findings and his international working group has led him to be increasingly involved in international level sports congresses. The economist and sports scientist did his doctoral thesis- for which he won the 2017 Sports Science prize of the province of Styria – on injuries, dietary supplements, and training habits in triathletes. He also conducted research in New Zealand, Australia, and Gran Canaria as part of the work for his undergraduate dissertation on “Shoulder Pain in Swimming – Causes and Consequences.” His dissertation on this topic- one that is means a lot to David for many reasons including his former career as a competitive swimmer, his career-ending shoulder injury, and the countless hard hours of therapy that he underwent –was published as a textbook in 2013. In David´s business administration related study he focused both on the ecological quality of products and on area crisis management. David´s s final dissertation was on “crisis management taking into account the problem of Markus Rogan: effects and changes of a sporting career”. This state-certified swimming and triathlon coach is a sporting all-rounder. He is just at home in athletics as in the sport of swimming- in which he can look back on umpteen national titles as well as several state and vice-state championship titles. His training, and his many years both of top-level competitive sport and as a patient on the field of sports-related therapeutics, have enabled David to implement his practical know-how both as a coach and as a lecturer across a wide variety of areas ranging from children´s swimming to performance-focused training camps.

World Triathlon Series – ITU Grand Final (Edmonton/Canada)