Injury incidence and risk factors: a cohort study of 706 8-km or 16-km recreational runners

Joan Dallinga, Rogier van Rijn, Janine Stubbe, Marije Deutekom

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    Abstract

    Objectives To report (1) the injury incidence in recreational runners in preparation for a 8-km or 16-km running event and (2) which factors were associated with
    an increased injury risk.

    Methods Prospective cohort study in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Participants (n=5327) received a baseline survey to determine event distance (8 km or 16 km), main sport, running experience, previous injuries, recent overuse injuries and personal characteristics. Three days after the race, they received a follow-up survey to determine duration of training period, running distance per week, training hours, injuries during preparation and use of
    technology. Univariate and multivariate regression models were applied to examine potential risk factors for injuries.

    Results 1304 (24.5%) participants completed both surveys. After excluding participants with current health problems, no signed informed consent, missing or incorrect data, we included 706 (13.3%) participants. In total, 142 participants (20.1%) reported an injury during preparation for the event. Univariate analyses (OR: 1.7, 95% CI 1.1 to 2.4) and multivariate analyses (OR: 1.7, 95% CI 1.1 to 2.5) showed that injury history was a significant risk factor for running injuries (Nagelkerke R-square=0.06).

    Conclusion An injury incidence for recreational runners in preparation for a running event was 20%. A previous injury was the only significant risk factor for runningrelated injuries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere000489
    Number of pages6
    JournalBMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
    Volume5
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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