Article Text

PDF

Incidence and determinants of lower extremity running injuries in long distance runners: a systematic review
  1. R N van Gent1,
  2. D Siem1,
  3. M van Middelkoop1,
  4. A G van Os1,
  5. S M A Bierma-Zeinstra1,
  6. B W Koes1
  1. 1Erasmus MC Rotterdam, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to:
 Marienke van Middelkoop
 Erasmus MC Rotterdam, Dr Molewaterplein 50, Rotterdam, Netherlands; m.vanmiddelkoop{at}erasmusmc.nl

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to present a systematic overview of published reports on the incidence and associated potential risk factors of lower extremity running injuries in long distance runners. An electronic database search was conducted using the PubMed–Medline database. Two observers independently assessed the quality of the studies and a best evidence synthesis was used to summarise the results. The incidence of lower extremity running injuries ranged from 19.4% to 79.3%. The predominant site of these injuries was the knee. There was strong evidence that a long training distance per week in male runners and a history of previous injuries were risk factors for injuries, and that an increase in training distance per week was a protective factor for knee injuries.

  • running injuries
  • lower extremity
View Full Text

Statistics from Altmetric.com

Footnotes

  • Published Online First 1 May 2007

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.