BIOMECHANICAL RISK FACTOR ASSOCIATED WITH RUNNING-RELATED INJURIES: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

Review written by Tom Goom info

BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Running injuries are common and yet despite extensive research it isn’t clear which, if any, biomechanical factors are implicated in their development. This study systematically reviewed the available evidence to identify biomechanical risk factors for running-related injury. It is hoped that once these have been identified we will be able to design effective injury prevention and treatment strategies.

METHODS

Key research databases were searched for prospective studies that evaluated biomechanical factors thought to be associated with running-related injury. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines were followed and study quality was assessed using a modified Downs and Black Quality Index.

RESULTS

16 studies were identified which passed both inclusion and exclusion criteria. 13 were found to be high quality and 3 were moderate quality. A large number of biomechanical variables were studied within the included trials, but despite this the review

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