Objectives: To investigate the prognosis and possible prognostic factors of running-related injuries (RRIs) in novice runners. Design: Prospective cohort study. Methods: Participants of Start to Run, a 6-weeks course for novice runners in The Netherlands, were asked to participate in this study. Before the start of the course a baseline questionnaire, on demographics, physical activity and perceived health, was sent to runners willing to participate. The 26- or 52-weeks follow-up questionnaires assessed information on RRIs and their duration. Only participants that sustained a RRI during follow-up were included in the analyses. An injury duration of 10 weeks or shorter was regarded as a relatively good prognosis, while an injury duration of more than 10 weeks was defined as a poor prognosis. To determine the associations between baseline characteristics and injury prognosis and between injury location and injury prognosis, multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed. Results: 347 participants (48.8%) sustained an RRI during follow-up. The RRIs had an overall median duration of eight weeks (range: 1–52 weeks). Participants with a previous RRI were more likely to have a poor prognosis (OR 2.31; 95%CI 1.12–4.79), while a calf injury showed a trend towards an association with a relatively good prognosis (OR 0.49; 95%CI 0.22–1.11). Conclusions: The duration of RRIs in novice runners is relatively long, with only calf injuries being associated with a good prognosis. This emphasizes the need of injury prevention measures in novice runners and adequate support during and after an RRI, especially in runners with a previous injury.

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Keywords Novice running program, Prognostic factors, Recreational running, Sports injuries, Start to run
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2018.09.001, hdl.handle.net/1765/110612
Journal Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
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Fokkema, T. (Tryntsje), Burggraaff, R. (Robert), Hartgens, F, Kluitenberg, B, Verhagen, E.A.L.M, Backx, F.J.G, … van Middelkoop, M. (2018). Prognosis and prognostic factors of running-related injuries in novice runners: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2018.09.001