Scott Molina - triathlon legend shares 3 tips to help minimise injury risk for a long endurance sport career
Scott Molina is a world class triathlete legend who started competing professionally in the early 1980s and still actively competes in endurance races today – recently running the 90km Comrades Marathon in South Africa in June 2014. He was born in California and has lived in New Zealand since 1994. Scott shares few words on his early days, his relationship with Formthotics, and words of wisdom on how you too can succeed in the sporting world.
A sporting legend is born
Scott ‘The Terminator’ Molina chose to step away from college to become a self-confessed ‘triathlete junkie’ in the 1980’s when he fell in love with the sport. Two years later he went professional.
In his professional career, from 1982 to 1995 Scott competed in over 270 races and pounded the pavement, grass, water and anything else that got in his way (within reason!), towards countless titles – gaining over 100+ wins, including Hawaii Ironman World Champion in 1988.
Formthotics for 20+ years
Scott has worn Formthotics since 1989. He says: “They’re light, flexible and allow my lower legs to work as they should.”
Scott explains why: “I’ve always been a big pronator. I have quite a large roll from the outside of my foot inwards, so trying to limit the amount of damage that can be caused by running 80-100km a week, week after week, is important.”
Lifelong commitment to triathlon
From 1995, while still competing in events, Scott became a coach. He lists his top three tips for upcoming triathletes to minimise injury risk and help improve performance:
1. Ensure structure and technique is correct
Get analysed by a professional to make sure your body is performing how it is designed and getting the professional guidance required. From early on, Scott knew that taking care of his lower limbs was essential for his success, physical longevity and overall wellbeing.
2. Recognise the huge volume of exercise required to complete a race
The volume of exercise to compete and succeed at such a level comes with astronomical amounts of training. On average Scott would annually cycle 25-35,000km and run 4-5,000km, with swimming averaging at 25km a week.
3. Get the right orthotic support from the start
With high levels of training and stress particularly on the lower body, the structure of an orthotic can help prevent the development of chronic injuries.
A physical guy for life
With numerous goals in place and races in the pipeline, Scott shares – “10 years from now I’ll definitely be taking part in events, finding challenges, I’m a physical guy and I enjoy physical challenge.”