No effect of a graded training program on the number of running-related injuries in novice runners. A randomized controlled trial.
Buist, Ida, Bredeweg, Steef W., van Mechelen, Willem, Lemmink, Koen A. P. M., Pepping, Gert-Jan and Diercks, Ron L.. (2008). No effect of a graded training program on the number of running-related injuries in novice runners. A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 36(1), pp. 33 - 39. https://doi.org/10.1177/0363546507307505
|Authors||Buist, Ida, Bredeweg, Steef W., van Mechelen, Willem, Lemmink, Koen A. P. M., Pepping, Gert-Jan and Diercks, Ron L.|
Background: Although running has positive effects on health and fitness, the incidence of a running-related injury (RRI) is high. Research on prevention of RRI is scarce; to date, no studies have involved novice runners. Hypothesis: A graded training program for novice runners will lead to a decrease in the absolute number of RRIs compared with a standard training program. Study Design: Randomized controlled trial; Level of evidence, 1. Methods: GRONORUN (Groningen Novice Running) is a 2-armed randomized controlled trial comparing a standard 8-week training program (control group) and an adapted, graded, 13-week training program (intervention group), on the risk of sustaining an RRI. Participants were novice runners (N = 532) preparing for a recreational 4-mile (6.7-km) running event. The graded 13-week training program was based on the 10% training rule. Both groups registered information on running characteristics and RRI using an Internet-based running log. The primary outcome measure was RRIs per 100 participants. An RRI was defined as any musculoskeletal complaint of the lower extremity or back causing a restriction of running for at least 1 week. Results: The graded training program was not preventive for sustaining an RRI (χ2 = 0.016, df = 1, P = .90). The incidence of RRI was 20.8% in the graded training program group and 20.3% in the standard training program group. Conclusions: This randomized controlled trial showed no effect of a graded training program (13 weeks) in novice runners, applying the 10% rule, on the incidence of RRI compared with a standard 8-week training program.
|Keywords||running-related injuries; incidence; prevention; training program; novice runners|
|Journal||American Journal of Sports Medicine|
|Journal citation||36 (1), pp. 33 - 39|
|Publisher||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1177/0363546507307505|
|Page range||33 - 39|
|Research Group||Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre|
|Place of publication||United States of America|
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