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Are You Allowed To Wear Headphones During A Triathlon?

Are You Allowed To Wear Headphones During A Triathlon?
Pictured above, a "headphones are not permitted" sign.
Are you allowed to wear headphones during a triathlon?No. Headphones, headsets, and other devices are not permitted during any triathlon event.

"Are you allowed to wear headphones during a triathlon?" is a common question asked among competitors. The simple answer to that question is "no." Headphones, headsets, and other audio devices are not permitted during any triathlon event. These devices can easily distract the competitors, which can lead to possible injury and may also result in penalties given by judges. Aside from the standard question regarding headphones, there are a few other frequently asked questions that are unknown to most triathlon athletes. These questions deal with safety policies. In the table below, we see three essential race rules that all competitors should be aware of.

Safety RuleExplanation
Prevent head injuries by using an approved helmetSince 1999, all races in the United States require a helmet approved by CPSC. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has made it their goal to decrease and even prevent head injuries.
Buckle up helmetSimply wearing a helmet will not save your noggin from a fall. In previous years, many athletes have forgotten to strap in, leading to several injuries.
Attend pre-race rule meetingPre-race rule meetings are now mandatory in most triathlon events. It is extremely important to be aware of boundaries, road bumps, etc., to avoid miscommunication and potential injuries.
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The image above shows all three parts of a triathlon race. Swimming, running, and cycling are the three components of a triathlon.



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