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The aim of this study was to describe the self-reported injury, training, and running technique choices of regular runners in four international regions. Design and Setting 756 participants began an expert derived self-report online survey in Ireland, USA, Hong Kong and Australia. Participants 325 participants completed the survey (age=38±10years; weight=68.0±13.1kg; height=1.70±0.10m). Main Outcome Measures Descriptive statistics are reported examining injury incidence and location; shoe and orthosis choices; and training and technique practices. A backwards logistic regression was implemented to examine associations between injury and training choices. Results 68.3% reported having an injury in the last year. 81.45% of these injuries were believed to be running related. A large variation in training and footwear choices were observed for respondents. The regression (P≤0.001) explained 20% of the variance in injury selection (Nagelkerke R²) and was able to identify 73% of cases accurately. Associated injury factors included competitive running, running on more than one surface, younger age, having a lower running age, and a higher proportion of running at an easy intensity. Conclusions The high amount of variability in runner’s choices highlights the lack of consistent information being presented to them and may be the reason for the high injury incidence.
Warne, J. et al (2020) Training and Technique Choices Predict Self-Reported Running Injuries: An International Study, Physical Therapy in Sport 48(15) December 2020 DOI:10.1016/j.ptsp.2020.12.017