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Sports Medicine Series Jan ’23: Navigating Open Water Swimming in Triathlon – Dangers & Directions
14:00 to 16:00 - January 14, 2023
Online Webinar on Zoom, Singapore
SMAS Sports Medicine Series – January 2023

Title: Navigating Open Water Swimming in Triathlon - Dangers & Directions

Date: 14 Jan 2022, Saturday

Time: 2 – 4pm (Singapore Time, GMT +8)

Venue: Online webinar via Zoom


  • 2 Singapore Medical Council CME points
  • 2 CoachSG CCE hours


Asst. Prof. Yeo Tee Joo
Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, National University Heart Centre, Singapore

What is SCD in Athletes, Why in Triathlon & What We Can Do to Prevent Itblank

Why does sudden cardiac death happen? Are triathletes more vulnerable, particularly in the swim leg? This talk will provide an overview on sudden cardiac death in athletes as well as potential prevention & screening strategies, with a focus on triathlon/swimming.



Assistant Professor Yeo Tee Joo is a Senior Consultant with the Department of Cardiology at the National University Heart Centre, Singapore and heads its Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation unit. He trained in Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute from 2014 to 2015, and Sports Cardiology at St. George's University of London from 2015 to 2016.

Asst. Prof. Yeo is a WHO Ischaemic Heart Disease Rehabilitation 2030 Development Group Member, the Singapore representative for the International Council for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Singapore Heart Foundation.

He is the principal investigator for the Singapore Sports Cardiology Registry and is part of the writing committee for the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology guidelines for pre-participation screening in young athletes, as well as the expert advisory committee for the Singapore Physical Activity Guidelines 2022.

Mr. Wille Loo
Accredited Triathlon Coach, TRG Racing & Metasport; SEA Games Medalist, Team Singapore Triathlete

The Challenges of Open Water Swimming & How We Can Prepare for Themblank

The swim leg is often the barrier to entry for aspiring triathletes, especially adults with little to no background in swimming.  Open water swimming is especially challenging for us in Singapore where our exposure is limited. In this presentation, we will discuss the potential difficulties athletes face during the swim leg of a triathlon. Subsequently, we will look at methods we use to prepare for those challenges from a physical and mental perspective.



Wille began his love affair with triathlon in the early 2000s as a member of the national triathlon squad. He took a break from short course racing to focus on half Ironman distance triathlon before returning to the national team. Wille represented Singapore at the 2015, 2017 and 2019 SEA Games (winning the bronze in 2015).

With almost two decades of triathlon experience, Wille is also a passionate coach that has worked with athletes of all abilities, racing both short and long course triathlon. Most recently, he guided the Vietnamese triathlon team to their first gold medal at the 2021 SEA Games.

Ms. Yeo Hwee Koon
Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist

Common Musculoskeletal & Health Issues in Open Water Swimming

What are some of the common injuries in open water swimming? Join us as we share tips and strategies to deal with health issues in open water swimming.



Hwee Koon is the incumbent Honorary Treasurer of SMAS and a sport and exercise physiotherapist with more than 10 years of experience with elite athletes. She has worked with numerous athletes including the Singapore national swimming and para-swimming teams. She has also provided medical support for Team Singapore at various major games, and both local and international tournaments. Her forte is in sport-specific injury management and rehabilitation, developing injury prevention strategies, and pitch-side management. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer and works part-time in private practice.


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