Health and economic burden of running-related injuries in runners training for an event: A prospective cohort study

Hespanhol Junior, L.C., van Mechelen, W., Postuma, E. and Verhagen, E. (2015) Health and economic burden of running-related injuries in runners training for an event: A prospective cohort study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 26 9: 1091-1099. doi:10.1111/sms.12541


Author Hespanhol Junior, L.C.
van Mechelen, W.
Postuma, E.
Verhagen, E.
Title Health and economic burden of running-related injuries in runners training for an event: A prospective cohort study
Journal name Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1600-0838
0905-7188
Publication date 2015-08-17
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/sms.12541
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 26
Issue 9
Start page 1091
End page 1099
Total pages 9
Place of publication Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Prospective running-related injury (RRI) data from runners training for an event are scarce, especially with regard to RRI-associated costs. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and economic burden of RRIs in runners participating in an organized training program preparing them for an event. This was a prospective cohort study with 18 weeks of follow-up. Individuals aged 18 or older and registered to participate in an organized running program were eligible. Follow-up surveys were sent every 2 weeks to collect data about running exposure, RRIs, and costs. Of the 161 potential participants, 53 (32.9%) were included in this study. A total of 32 participants reported 41 RRIs. The mean prevalence during follow-up was 30.8% [95% confidence interval (CI) 25.6–36.0%]. Overuse was the main mechanism of RRI (85.4%, n = 35). An RRI was estimated to have an economic burden of €57.97 (95% CI €26.17–94.00) due to healthcare utilization (direct costs) and €115.75 (95% CI €10.37–253.73) due to absenteeism from paid work (indirect costs). These results indicate that the health and economic burden of RRIs may be considered significant for public health. Therefore, prevention programs are needed for runners participating in organized training programs.
Keyword Sports injury
Epidemiology
Epidemiological monitoring
Public health surveillance
Costs and cost analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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