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[RESEARCH] Risk of Running Injuries

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Risk of Running Injuries

Desai et al. (2021) investigated the cumulative incidence proportion and the most common anatomical locations of running-related injuries in recreational runners and associations between running-related injuries with previous injury.

Running experience.
  • Weekly running distance.
  • Age.
  • Gender.
  • Body mass index (BMI).

  • 224 recreational runners with an average of 15km weekly running distance for the past 12 months.
  • 89 women.
  • 135 men.

Pain information was reported weekly for one year and all running-related injuries with time-loss or requiring medical consultation were recorded.

The one-year cumulative incidence proportion of running-related injuries was 46%.

The most common injuries involved:
  • Knees (20 of 75, 27%).
  • Achilles tendon/calf (19 of 75, 25%).

Previous injury was associated with a higher injury rate, while the other variables had no statistically significant association with injury.



There were 75 running-related injuries during the one-year surveillance period for a cumulative incidence proportion of 46%. Recreational runners with a previous injury were twice as likely to sustain a running-related injury than runners with no previous injury.

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Link in Highlights 

Desai et al. 2021. Recreational Runners With a History of Injury Twice as Likely to Sustain a Running-Related Injury Than Runners With No History of Injury: A One-Year Prospective Cohort Study
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, Epub 25 Dec 2020. doi:10.2519/jospt.2021.9673

Dalton Urrutia, MSc PT

Dalton is a Physical Therapist from Oregon, currently living and running the performance physiotherapy clinic he founded in London for Grapplers and Strength & Conditioning athletes. Dalton runs the popular instagram account @physicaltherapyresearch, where he posts easy summaries of current and relevant research on health, fitness, and rehab topics. 
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