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Running Related Injury Among Novice Runners

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02014987
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified April 2015 by Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : December 19, 2013
Last Update Posted : April 10, 2015
University of Aarhus
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark

Brief Summary:

About 31% of the Danish population participates regularly in running. The positive health benefits of running have been well documented in the literature. Unfortunately, running has been connected with a high risk of injuries.

Running related injuries can cause a long rehabilitation and may even force the runner to quit running permanently. To ensure that running can be practiced as a safe exercise activity prevention must be considered.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Treatment Error Overuse Injury Behavioral: Training programmes Early Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Training errors (i.e. excessive volume, sudden change of training routines etc.) are held to be the main reasons to running related injuries. Fortunately, training errors can be avoided as training characteristics (distance, duration, pace) can be controlled by the runner.

In order to avoiding training errors, especially excessive volume many novice runners follow 0-5 kilometres type training programmes. However, limited research has been conducted on the training volume of beginner programs and the risk of running related injuries.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between the running volume the first 4 weeks of a running regime and the risk of running related injuries among novice runners. The relationship between running volume and running related injuries will be investigated in proportion to their body mass index (BMI).

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 160 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Initial Running Volume and Running Related Injury Among Novice Runners
Study Start Date : July 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date : January 2016

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Running training programmes

Runners with a high body mass index are going to follow a training programme of 3 kilometres per week compared to a training programme of 6 kilometres per week.

The amount of running will be increased with 10 % per week.

Behavioral: Training programmes

Runners with a high body mass index follow two types of training programmes:

  1. a running programme of 3 kilometres per week
  2. a running programme 6 kilometres per week

The amount of running will be increased with 10 % per week.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Running related injury [ Time Frame: 7 days ]
    An injury sustained on muscles, joints, tendons and/or bones during or after running. The injury must have caused a workout reduction (reduced distance, intensity, frequency etc.) for at least 7 days.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • both gender between 16-65 years
  • no running-training within the last year
  • less than 20 hours of sports activity within the last year (in total)
  • internet access and mail address
  • body mass index between 18.5 - 25 or 30-35
  • owns a pair of running shoes

Exclusion Criteria:

  • do not want to use a GPS watch
  • unable or unwilling to follow the running regime in 4 consecutive weeks
  • previous injury in lower extremity within the last 2 years
  • unable to read or understand Danish
  • former heart surgery
  • known heart surgery
  • known lung disease
  • diabetes
  • current pregnancy
  • known tendency to shortness of breath or chest pain with activity
  • known tendency to leg pain when walking long distances

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02014987

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Contact: Sten Rasmussen, MD
Contact: Michael L. Bertelsen, PT

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Sten Rasmussen Recruiting
Aalborg, Northern Jutland, Denmark, 9000
Contact: Sten Rasmussen, MD   
Contact: Michael Bertelsen, PT   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark
University of Aarhus
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Study Chair: Michael L. Bertelsen, PT Department of Publich Health, Aarhus University
Principal Investigator: Sten Rasmussen, MD Northern Orthopaedic Division, Aalborg University Hospital
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Responsible Party: Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark Identifier: NCT02014987    
Other Study ID Numbers: N-20130035
First Posted: December 19, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 10, 2015
Last Verified: April 2015
Keywords provided by Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark:
Running related injury
Overuse injury
Running pattern
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Wounds and Injuries
Sprains and Strains