Introduction Running-related injuries (RRIs) are frequent, but no effective injury prevention measures have been identified yet. Therefore, we have set up the INSPIRE trial in 2017, in which the effectiveness of an online injury prevention programme was tested. Although this programme was not effective in reducing the number of RRIs, we gained new insights from this study, which we used to design an enhanced, online multidisciplinary injury prevention programme. The aim of this study is to test the effectiveness of this enhanced injury prevention programme in a group of recreational runners. Methods and analysis For this randomised controlled trial, we aim to include 3394 recreational runners aged 18 years or older who register for a running event (distances 10 to 42.2 km). During the preparation for the running event, runners in the intervention group get access to the enhanced online injury prevention programme. This online programme consists of 10 steps, all covering separate items of RRI prevention. Runners in the control group will follow their regular preparation. With three follow-up questionnaires (1 month before, 1 week before and 1 month after the running event), the proportions of self-reported RRIs in the intervention group and the control group are compared. Ethics and dissemination An exemption for a comprehensive application has been obtained by the Medical Ethical Committee of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The results of the study will be disseminated among the running population, published in peer-reviewed international journals and presented on international conferences. Trial registration number NL7694

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Keywords injuries, prevention, randomised controlled trial, running
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2020-000780, hdl.handle.net/1765/128179
Journal BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine
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Fokkema, T, de Vos, R.J, Visser, E. (Edwin), Krastman, P, Ijzerman, J. (John), Koes, B.W, … van Middelkoop, M. (2020). Enhanced injury prevention programme for recreational runners (the SPRINT study): Design of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine, 6(1). doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2020-000780