EXCLUSIVE: “The Most Explosive” – Olympic Gold Medalist Pentathlete Joe Choong Gives His Two Cents on Why Fencing Is the Most Injury Prone Sport in Pentathlon

Published 01/24/2024, 7:14 AM EST

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Everyone’s eyes are on the 2024 Paris Olympics. Amidst this, a candid EssentiallySports Exclusive was conducted last night to delve into sports injuries with the Gold medalist pentathlete Joe Choong, exploring the various challenges pentathletes face in different aspects. The focal point of our conversation was his perspective on the most injury-prone sport, the pentathlon. The modern pentathlon is an excellent Olympic sport consisting of freestyle swimming, equestrian show jumping, pistol shooting, fencing (one-touch epee), and cross-country running.

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However, he approached the topic with a unique and clear insight based on his experiences. There were many things in that conversation based on his personal experiences, shedding light on the physical challenges athletes face, depending on their backgrounds.

The discussion took a significant turn to find more insights

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The EssentiallySports Exclusive discussion took an intriguing turn as Joe Choong highlighted the contrasting scenario for some runners who, upon taking up swimming, experienced shoulder problems. For him, the susceptibility to injuries varies based on an individual’s sporting history. Drawing from his journey as a swimmer turned runner, he highlighted the shift in the types of injuries he encountered. “When I started training full time at running, I had loads of problems with my shins and my calves and just like stress fractures in my feet,” Joe explained. However, he emphasized that the same issues may not affect all runners.

Interestingly, he even pointed out the reciprocal challenges those transitioning from running to swimming face. “Lots of runners come in, never have any problems with their legs. But as soon as they start swimming more, they get shoulder problems with the muscles,” he added, reinforcing that injury susceptibility is closely tied to an athlete’s prior experiences.

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Joe Choong’s perspective on fencing, one of the most injury prone sports

When asked about his personal experience, Joe Choong singled out fencing as the most injury-prone sport from his perspective. He described fencing as an exceptionally explosive sport, requiring athletes to exhibit high levels of power and speed. He also added that managing tendon health has become a lifelong challenge. Keeping this in mind, since about six years ago, he has worked hard to keep them fit.

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He again disclosed the need for extensive efforts to ensure his tendons remain healthy and pain-free, particularly during competitions. This revelation sheds light on the intricate balance athletes must strike. The EssentiallySports Exclusive interview with this pentathlete offered some valuable insights into the nuanced world of sports injuries. This emphasizes the individualized nature of susceptibility and the unique demands of each sport.

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Anchal Ahuja

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I am Anchal Ahuja, an Olympic Sports writer at EssentiallySports. My love for sports grew when I first watched Olympics when I was 7-years-old. Growing up as I started to delve deeper into the sporting realm, I decided to move on with my new passion with all new hopes to get success.
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Himanshu Sridhar

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