Multifactorial Approach to Overuse Running Injuries

Catherine Logan

March 8th, 2020

A Multifactorial Approach to Overuse Running Injuries: A 1-Year Prospective Study
SourceSports Health, first published January 29, 2020
Clinical Question: Compared to uninjured runners, do injured runners exhibit different biomechanics, display more fatigue changes, have different weekly volume or report previous injuries?
Points to Consider: Cohort (Prospective), Level 4. 76 runners completed the study (39 reported an injury; 22 male, 17 female). Participants completed weekly training diaries and were monitored for 1 year for an injury.
Bottom Line: Factors which may be related to injury for male runners include:

  • being heavier
  • running a greater weekly distance
  • exhibiting fatigue changes in mediolateral center of mass accelerations

Factors which may be related to injury for female runners include:

  • being heavier
  • having an injury in the previous year
  • running with longer flight times & lower step frequencies
  • increasing speed training prior to injury

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About the Author:
Catherine A. Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT is a sports medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon and writer. Based in Denver, CO, she is an attending at Colorado Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics at Rose Medical Center. Dr. Logan is the Head League Physician for Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) member of the team physician pool for the US Ski & Snowboard teams each year. Dr. Logan completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and her Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute/The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. Logan is also on the board of The Chill Foundation.