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A prospective cohort study of 7031 distance runners shows that 1 in 13 report systemic symptoms of an acute illness in the 8–12 day period before a race, increasing their risk of not finishing the race 1.9 times for those runners who started the race: SAFER study IV

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  • Anri Van Tonder UCT Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles
  • Martin Schwellnus Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute for Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Research, Section Sports Medicine, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre, Pretoria, South Africa Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Observatory, South Africa PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles
  • Sonja Swanevelder Biostatistics Unit, South African Medical Research Council of South Africa, Tygerberg, South Africa PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles
  • Esme Jordaan Biostatistics Unit, South African Medical Research Council of South Africa, Tygerberg, South Africa Statistics and Population Studies Department, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles
  • Wayne Derman International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre, Pretoria, South Africa Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Institute for Sport and Exercise Medicine, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles
  • Dina C Janse van Rensburg Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute for Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Research, Section Sports Medicine, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles
  1. Correspondence to Professor Martin P Schwellnus, Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute for Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Research, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Sports Campus, Burnett Street, Hatfield, Pretoria 0020, South Africa; mschwell{at}iafrica.com
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Van Tonder A, Schwellnus M, Swanevelder S, et al
A prospective cohort study of 7031 distance runners shows that 1 in 13 report systemic symptoms of an acute illness in the 8–12 day period before a race, increasing their risk of not finishing the race 1.9 times for those runners who started the race: SAFER study IV

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  • Accepted June 7, 2016
  • First published June 24, 2016.
Online issue publication 
July 15, 2016

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