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The NLstart2run study: Incidence and risk factors of running-related injuries in novice runners

PainSci » bibliography » Kluitenberg et al 2015
Tags: etiology, running, injury, IT band pain, shin pain, plantar fasciitis, patellar pain, pro, exercise, self-treatment, treatment, pain problems, knee, leg, limbs, overuse injury, tendinosis, foot, arthritis, aging

Two articles on PainSci cite Kluitenberg 2015: 1. Is Running on Pavement Risky?2. Shin Splints Treatment, The Complete Guide

PainSci notes on Kluitenberg 2015:

A giant 2015 study of almost 1700 novice runners in a “Start to Run” program found that a lot of them got hurt (almost 11%), and of those that did get hurt were more likely to be older, heavier, have a history of previous musculoskeletal problems, and less prior running experience.

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Running is a popular form of physical activity, despite of the high incidence of running-related injuries (RRIs). Because of methodological issues, the etiology of RRIs remains unclear. Therefore, the purposes of the study were to assess the incidence of RRIs and to identify risk factors for RRIs in a large group of novice runners. In total, 1696 runners of a 6-week supervised Start to Run program were included in the NLstart2run study. All participants were aged between 18 and 65, completed a baseline questionnaire that covered potential risk factors, and completed at least one running diary. RRIs were registered during the program with a weekly running log. An RRI was defined as a musculo-skeletal complaint of the lower extremity or back attributed to running and hampering running ability for three consecutive training sessions. During the running program, 10.9% of the runners sustained an RRI. The multivariable Cox regression analysis showed that a higher age, higher BMI, previous musculo-skeletal complaints not attributed to sports and no previous running experience were related to RRI. These findings indicate that many novice runners participating in a short-term running program suffer from RRIs. Therefore, the identified risk factors should be considered for screening and prevention purposes.

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