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: 33-39. doi:10.1177/0363546507307505


Author Buist, Ida
Bredeweg, Steef W.
van Mechelen, Willem
Lemmink, Koen A. P. M.
Pepping, Gert-Jan
Diercks, Ron L.
Title No effect of a graded training program on the number of running-related injuries in novice runners: a randomized controlled trial
Journal name American Journal of Sports Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0363-5465
Publication date 2008-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0363546507307505
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 33
End page 39
Total pages 7
Place of publication Thousand Oaks. CA., U.S.A.
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Formatted abstract
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.
Keyword Running-related injuries
Incidence
Prevention
Training program
Novice runners
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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