Blood clots don’t discriminate. They can affect the young, the old, the obese, the athlete, and the couch potato equally.
Athletes-whether hockey players, football players, triathletes, tennis players cyclists, or runners need to be aware that they are a high risk candidate for a blood clot.
Lower resting heart rate and blood pressure results in blood flowing more slowly though the body
Dehydration-a factor in your blood viscosity. More dehydration leads to thicker blood.
Trauma? Falls, bruises? Did you fall during your run that you forgot about after you crossed the finish line? That cut on your leg has coagulated. A clot is forming on that spot in the cell wall. This is your body functioning normally. This is usually not a problem. It becomes a problem when the clot breaks off. It can travel to other locations in your body, like the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism and can be a life threatening emergency.
Risk Factor of Travel
After the race is over, we get into our car or onto an airplane and travel for hours. We spend hours in a cramped position.
The thickened blood is pooling. The body is dehydrated. The body is forced into the worst position to get the blood pumping throughout the body. These factors can lead to the start of a clot-a thrombosis. The danger occurs when/if the clot breaks off and travels through the body. If it lodges in the lungs, it’s called a pulmonary embolism. Clots can also travel to your brain or heart.