The British Journal of Medicine published two interesting articles this month. The first is an education review on the overdiagnosis and medicalization of athletes (and the public at large)(1). The authors cite several factors supporting this trend in sports medicine, including: The belief that more intervention improves outcomes. Making the definition of disease more inclusive.... MORE
Got runners? Chances are good you’ve got injuries too!
They defined RRIs to include,
“any self-reported complaint involving muscles, joints, tendons, and/or bones deemed by the runner to be caused by running.”
The RRI had to impact at least one running workout by requiring the runner to decrease their speed, distance, length of run, or the number of runs. In addition to RRIs, the researchers also collected data on reported illnesses during a 16-week half marathon and marathon-training season. The 161 subjects reported any new RRI or illness symptoms every two weeks via a questionnaire.
It should come as no surprise that 9 out of every 10 runners reported an RRI during the training period. In addition, up to three-quarters of the runners reported illness during that same time frame. As one would expect, most of the RRIs were in the leg and knee. SportsInjuryBulletin.com has an entire library of articles pertaining to running and lower leg injury. As the running training season ramps up, be assured that SportsInjuryBulletin.com has the latest information on the injuries frequently reported in runners, such as patellofemoral pain, calf pain, foot injuries, and more.
- JOSPT. 2019 July;49(7):518-528