INJURY INCIDENCE, DISTRIBUTION, AND SEVERITY DURING A MARATHON TRAINING SEASON AND THE IMPLICATIONS

  • J. MacMahon
  • S. Pun
  • A. Chaudhari
  • T. Andriacchi
Keywords: epidemiology, marathon, overuse injury, injury incidence, injury severity

Abstract

Marathon runners and their coaches are concerned about the potential for injury during an individual season. No published studies of running injuries address this training season as a meaningful entity. This study reports the incidence of injury and the distribution of injuries for runners (n=75) on two established marathon training teams during an individual season. An injury was defined as affecting seven consecutive days or three consecutive workouts. The incidence/risks of overuse injuries, for marathon runners in a single season were found to be: anterior knee pain (20%), iliotibial band syndrome (29%), plantar fasciitis (1%), Achilles tendonitis (9%) shin splints (16%) and stress fractures (4%). This risk, overall injury distribution, severity and length of longest run prior to presentation of injury are of interest to runners, coaches and biomechanists.
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities