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J Sci Med Sport. 2019 Jan;22(1):106-111. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2018.06.003. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

Reasons and predictors of discontinuation of running after a running program for novice runners.

Author information

1
Department of General Practice, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Electronic address: t.fokkema@erasmusmc.nl.
2
Departments of Epidemiology and Surgery, Research School CAPHRI, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Sports Medicine Center Maastricht, The Netherlands.
3
Center for Sports Medicine, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands.
4
Amsterdam Collaboration on Health & Safety in Sports, Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
5
Department of Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy Science & Sports, Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neurosciences, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.
6
Department of General Practice, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Department of Orthopedics, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
7
Department of General Practice, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the proportion of participants of a running program for novice runners that discontinued running and investigate the main reasons to discontinue and characteristics associated with discontinuation.

DESIGN:

Prospective cohort study.

METHODS:

The study included 774 participants of Start to Run, a 6-week running program for novice runners. Before the start of the program, participants filled-in a baseline questionnaire to collect information on demographics, physical activity and perceived health. The 26-weeks follow-up questionnaire was used to obtain information on the continuation of running (yes/no) and main reasons for discontinuation. To determine predictors for discontinuation of running, multivariable logistic regression was performed.

RESULTS:

Within 26 weeks after the start of the 6-week running program, 29.5% of the novice runners (n=225) had stopped running. The main reason for discontinuation was a running-related injury (n=108, 48%). Being female (OR 1.74; 95% CI 1.13-2.68), being unsure about the continuation of running after the program (OR 2.06; 95% CI 1.31-3.24) and (almost) no alcohol use (OR 1.62; 95%CI 1.11-2.37) were associated with a higher chance of discontinuation of running. Previous running experience less than one year previously (OR 0.46; 95% CI 0.26-0.83) and a higher score on the RAND-36 subscale physical functioning (OR 0.98; 95% CI 0.96-0.99) were associated with a lower chance of discontinuation.

CONCLUSIONS:

In this group of novice runners, almost one-third stopped running within six months. A running-related injury was the main reason to stop running. Women with a low perceived physical functioning and without running experience were prone to discontinue running.

KEYWORDS:

Drop-out; Exercise; Healthy lifestyle; Physical fitness; Sedentary lifestyle; Start to Run

PMID:
29934211
DOI:
10.1016/j.jsams.2018.06.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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