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Running Related Injury Among Novice Runners

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2015 by Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
University of Aarhus
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark Identifier:
First received: December 9, 2013
Last updated: April 9, 2015
Last verified: April 2015

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 Intervention Phase
Treatment Error
Overuse Injury
Behavioral: Training programmes
Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Initial Running Volume and Running Related Injury Among Novice Runners

Further study details as provided by Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 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.

Estimated Enrollment: 160
Study Start Date: July 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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.

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).


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (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: NCT02014987

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

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
Study Chair: Michael L. Bertelsen, PT Department of Publich Health, Aarhus University
Principal Investigator: Sten Rasmussen, MD Northern Orthopaedic Division, Aalborg University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark Identifier: NCT02014987     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: N-20130035
Study First Received: December 9, 2013
Last Updated: April 9, 2015

Keywords provided by Northern Orthopaedic Division, Denmark:
Running related injury
Overuse injury
Running pattern

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Sprains and Strains processed this record on May 25, 2017