Risk Mitigation during Open Up Phase
In this training spotlight we check in with XTERRA Coach Karsten Madsen from his home in Whistler, B.C., Canada, to talk about precautions and best practices for athletes from around the world who are just now getting back outside due to easing COVID-19 restrictions.
“A couple things stand out for me, one is to take it easy and stay within your skill level,” said Madsen. “With actual races still in the distance, it’s not the time to be pushing the envelope and trying to nail the rock garden for the first time.”
Madsen, who finished in the top three at six XTERRA Pan Am Tour championship events last year including a runner-up performance at the finale in Utah and a win in the Dominican Republic, says now is the time to build strength and reacquaint yourself with the trails.
He added that while athletes should be careful not to get hurt so they won’t be a burden on the health care system, it’s also important that if you DO get hurt, to go get proper medical care.
“Get the attention you need if it’s necessary,” said Madsen. “There are separate wings at the hospitals here in B.C. and with proper face coverings and safety precautions it can still be safe to visit your doctor.”
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