Mudek earns 2016 USA Triathlon Military Sport Award


FORT POLK, La. —Capt. David Mudek, Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group, is the recipient of the 2016 Military Sport Award, presented by USA Triathlon, which recognizes the multisport successes achieved by men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

Mudek, a 2007 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, was a wrestler at West Point and said he looked forward to competing in combatives while on active duty. But an injury changed those plans. Mudek said he developed compartment syndrome, an ailment in which the area around a muscle becomes inflamed.

“Your muscle typically swells when you work out, then when you finish it goes back to normal,” Mudek explained. “If you have compartment syndrome, the muscle doesn’t return to normal — it stays swollen. When you work out the next time, it swells even more. Your muscle eventually runs out of space and what usually happens is you’re told not to use that muscle.” Mudek said he learned of the malady while at West Point when he fell during a search and rescue event in New Mexico as a cadet and received the compartment syndrome diagnosis.


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