BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE
Running injuries are very common with around 65% of runners reporting injuries each year. Previous research has conflicting findings and methodological flaws meaning it’s been hard to determine causes of running injury. This prospective study aimed to identify risk factors that could aid in prevention and management of running injury.
300 runners were recruited who ran a minimum of 5 miles per week and had been injury free for the last 6 months. Data was collected at baseline (including training and injury history, strength, biomechanics, gait analysis and psychosocial variables), and runners were followed up over 2 years with injuries diagnosed by an orthopaedic surgeon.
Injury rates were similar to previous research - 66% of runners in this study sustained at least 1 injury.