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Contribution to the prevention of running injuries in recreational runners: Interest of a prevention program targeting risk factors

Units : Research Unit in Rehabilitation Sciences | ULB748

Description :

Running is a simple physical activity, inexpensive and accessible to the entire population. It is currently one of the most
popular sports practices in the world. However, despite its many health benefits, the incidence of running-related musculoskeletal
injuries is significant. Videbæk et al. report an incidence of 7.7 injuries per 1,000 hours of practice and Nielsen et al. point out
that 11 to 85% of runners are injured each year. These injuries limit the runner's ability to engage in regular physical activity
and therefore limit the health benefits. In this context, preventing and treating these injuries represents a major public health
However, despite several decades of research on this issue, the results of running injury prevention programs are disappointing
and fail to reduce the incidence of injuries or prevent their recurrence. Among the possible reasons for these disappointing
results is that either these programs target only one risk factor despite the multifactorial nature of running injury, or they only
offer a universal approach. , including several risk factors, but not taking into account the individual specificities of each
runner. Indeed, the conclusions and recommendations of the latest studies on the subject are all in line with the need to offer runners
prevention programs including targeted and “tailor-made” interventions according to the risk factors of each runner.

The overall objective of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of a running injury prevention program including one or
more targeted interventions based on the risk factors identified in each participating runner in comparison with a universal
approach. classically proposed in the literature.

List of persons in charge :

  • COLOMB Jean-Baptiste

  • VAN CANT Joachim