n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Common running musculoskeletal injuries among recreational half-marathon runners in KwaZulu-Natal : original research
|Article Title||Common running musculoskeletal injuries among recreational half-marathon runners in KwaZulu-Natal : original research|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Sports Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2 University of KwaZulu-Natal, 3 University of KwaZulu-Natal and 4 University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||39 - 43|
Objective. 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).
Methods. Data were collected from runners (N=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 p≤0.05.
Results. One hundred and eighty (90%) runners reported sustaining musculoskeletal injuries (p<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%) (p<0.001). The intrinsic factors predisposing runners to musculoskeletal injuries were deviant quadriceps and hip flexion angles (p≤0.05).
Conclusion. Recreational runners in our cohort sustained a high prevalence of knee, tibia/fibula and lower back/hip injuries.
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