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Why Are You Running and Does It Hurt? Pain, Motivations and Beliefs about Injury Prevention among Participants of a Large-Scale Public Running Event

Department of Sports Medicine, Frankfurt am Main, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, 60488 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(19), 3766; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16193766
Received: 26 September 2019 / Revised: 30 September 2019 / Accepted: 2 October 2019 / Published: 7 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sports and Health)
Organized running events have gained substantial popularity. This study aimed to elucidate the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain, knowledge about injury prevention as well as the attitudes and motivations of individuals participating in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt (Germany). A total of 720 recreational runners completed a digital questionnaire immediately prior to the start. The majority of them displayed low to moderate physical activity levels and were rather unambitious regarding targeted finishing time. One quarter (25.3%) participated for the first time in an organized race. The most stated reasons to register were team building (76.4%) and experiencing the run’s atmosphere (50.6%). In contrast, improving health played a minor role (19.4%). More than one in five individuals (n = 159 runners) reported pain, with the most common locations being the knee and lower back. Both at rest (3.2/10 on a numerical rating scale) and during activity (4.7/10), average pain intensity was clinically relevant. Almost three thirds of the participants believed that stretching and wearing appropriate shoes would be effective for injury prevention while other methods such as resistance training, balance exercise or wearing of orthoses were rarely named. Musculoskeletal pain is a significant burden in runners participating in an urban mass event. In view of the poor knowledge about injury prevention, organizers and coaches may consider offering structured preparation programs as well as tailored running-related health education. View Full-Text
Keywords: pain; running; race; physical activity; exercise; musculoskeletal pain; running; race; physical activity; exercise; musculoskeletal
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Wilke, J.; Vogel, O.; Vogt, L. Why Are You Running and Does It Hurt? Pain, Motivations and Beliefs about Injury Prevention among Participants of a Large-Scale Public Running Event. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3766. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16193766

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Wilke J, Vogel O, Vogt L. Why Are You Running and Does It Hurt? Pain, Motivations and Beliefs about Injury Prevention among Participants of a Large-Scale Public Running Event. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(19):3766. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16193766

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Wilke, Jan, Oliver Vogel, and Lutz Vogt. 2019. "Why Are You Running and Does It Hurt? Pain, Motivations and Beliefs about Injury Prevention among Participants of a Large-Scale Public Running Event" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 19: 3766. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16193766

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