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New valuable Damsted et al.-publication

A RUNSAFE-based publication on running experience, running pace and injury has been published in JSAMS.

2018.10.09 | Rasmus Østergaard Nielsen

Camma Damsted and co-authors present a new valuable publication on running-related injury research in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (JSAMS). The work is a part of the ProjectRun21 (PR21), which has a specific focus on half-marathon runners.


Objectives: The health benefits from participation in half-marathon is challenged by a yearly running-related injury (RRI) incidence proportion exceeding 30%. Research in injury etiology is needed to successfully prevent injuries. The body’s load capacity is believed to play an essential role for injury development. Therefore, the purpose of ProjectRun21 was to investigate the association between load capacity defined as running experience and running pace, and RRI when following a specific half-marathon running schedule.

Design: A 14-week prospective cohort study.

Methods: A cohort of 784 healthy runners followed a specific half-marathon running schedule. Data on running activity was collected objectively using a Global-Positioning-System watch or smartphone. RRI were collected using e-mail-based weekly questionnaires. Primary exposures were running experience and running pace, dichotomized into a high and a low group for runners running less or more than15 km/week and faster or slower than 6 min/km, respectively. Data was analyses through time-to-eventmodels with cumulative risk difference (RD) as measure of association.

Results: A total of 136 participants sustained a RRI during follow-up. Although not statistically significant, all estimates indicate a tendency toward fewer injuries amongst runners categorized as having high experience (RD = −11.3% (−27.2% to 4.6%)) or high pace (RD = −17.4% (−39.0% to 4.5%)), and a combination of both high experience and high pace (RD = −8.1% (−22.3% to 6.1%)) compared with their counter part peers.

Conclusions: Runners covering less than 15 km per week, and/or runs slower than 6 min/km, may sustainmore RRI than their counterpart runners.


You are able to locate the article at the JSAMS homepage here



Damsted, C.; Parner, E.T; Sørensen, H.; Malisoux, L.; Nielsen, R.O. ProjectRun21: Do running experience and running pace influence the risk of running injury - a 14-week prospective cohort study. Accepted by Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, August 16th 2018.

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