Common Running-Related Injuries: Methodology and Prevention Evidence-Based Report

  • Abstract
Running-related musculoskeletal injuries (RRMIs) are common; however, previous literature has failed to conclusively determine primary injuries. This systematic review identified the incidence and prevalence of common RRMIs. Five electronic databases were searched and 2924 studies were identified as potentially eligible; 8 studies (N = 3482 participants) qualified, with a moderate risk of bias. Incidence and prevalence rates, risk of bias data, bibliometric characteristics, study design, population descriptors, and RRMI definition were extracted. A total of 28 RRMIs were reported. The most frequent RRMIs were medial tibial stress syndrome (incidence, 13.6% to 20%; prevalence, 9.5%), Achilles tendinopathy (incidence, 9.1% to 10.9%; prevalence, 6.2% to 9.5%), and plantar fasciitis (incidence, 4.5% to 10%; prevalence, 5.2% to 7.5%). The most frequent ultramarathon RRMIs were Achilles tendinopathy (prevalence, 2% to 18.5%) and patellofemoral syndrome (prevalence, 7.4% to 15.6%). This evidence-based report highlights methodological considerations for collecting data on RRMIs and comments on prevention strategies for clinicians treating RRMIs. 

The authors are from the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Autor / Fonte:Karrie L. Hamstra-Wright, PhD, ATC; Melissa Preish, BS. [Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. 2014;6(1):46-48.]