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Phys Ther Sport. 2012 Aug;13(3):170-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2011.08.001. Epub 2011 Sep 19.

Running injuries and associated factors in participants of ING Taipei Marathon.

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Changhua Christian Hospital, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 135 Nanxiao St., Changhua city, Changhua County 500, Taiwan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate the distribution of lower extremity running injuries and their associated factors.

DESIGN:

Descriptive and exploratory study.

PARTICIPANTS:

1004 participants of the 2005 ING Taipei International Marathon.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

We used a self-developed questionnaire to collect data of previous running injuries and applied multivariate logistic regression modeling to examine relationships between these injuries and associated factors.

RESULTS:

Of the 893 valid questionnaires, 396 (44.4%) reported having previous lower extremity pain related to running. Knee joint pain was the most common problem (32.5%). Hip pain was associated with the racing group, training duration, and medial arch support. Use of knee orthotics (P = 0.002) and ankle braces (P = 0.007) was related to a higher rate of knee and ankle pain. Participants of the full marathon group who practiced on a synthetic track had a higher incidence of ankle pain. A training duration of >60 min was linked to an increased rate of foot pain (P = 0.003).

CONCLUSION:

Our data indicated that running injuries were associated with training duration and use of orthotics. Clinicians can use this information in treating or preventing running associated injuries and pain.

PMID:
22814451
DOI:
10.1016/j.ptsp.2011.08.001
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