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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2008 Aug 16;152(33):1825-30.

[The value of preventive advice and examination focusing on cardiovascular events and injury for novice runners].

[Article in Dutch]

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Universitair Sportmedisch Centrum Groningen, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Hanzeplein 1, 9700 RB Groningen.


Novice runners often seek advice from a physician about training responsibly. Common concerns include sudden cardiac arrest, advice on running injuries and how to avoid these events. Cardiologic screening and ergometry are only beneficial if the athlete has a high-risk profile. In the world of running, there are many myths regarding the prevention ofinjuries. Many recommendations on the use of running shoes, supportive insoles, running on soft or hard surfaces and the value of stretching have been made based on empirical evidence. The actual effects of these recommendations on injury prevention, however, have not been evaluated sufficiently. The value of preventive examination of structural and locomotor elements is also unclear at this time. Progression of training load in which the duration and intensity of training increases by less than 10% per week, appears to be the most reasonable way to prevent running injuries.

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