n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Common running musculoskeletal injuries among recreational half-marathon runners in KwaZulu-Natal : original research

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



To document the prevalence and nature of running-related musculoskeletal injuries among recreational half-marathon runners over a 12-month period (1 July 2011 - 31 June 2012).

Data were collected from runners (=200) who officially ran half-marathon road races during February - June 2012. Runners, whose participation in the study was dependent on voluntary informed consent, were required to complete a self-report questionnaire probing the prevalence and nature of running musculoskeletal injuries in the 12 months preceding recruitment. Probability was set at ≤0.05.
One hundred and eighty (90%) runners reported sustaining musculoskeletal injuries (<0.001). The anatomical site most vulnerable to injury was the knee (26%), followed by the tibia/fibula (22%) and the lower back/hip (16%) (<0.001). The intrinsic factors predisposing runners to musculoskeletal injuries were deviant quadriceps and hip flexion angles (≤0.05).
Recreational runners in our cohort sustained a high prevalence of knee, tibia/fibula and lower back/hip injuries.

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