Summer training factors and risk of musculoskeletal injury
The reported seasonal incidence of injury amongst high school cross-country runners in the USA ranges between 26-48%. Alarmingly, the incidence of recurrent injury is high. The goal of the current study was to investigate the relationship between summer training practices and risk of injury during the initial month of the season.
421 athletes were followed for an entire season. Of these, 67 runners (15.9%) were injured during the first month of the season. 60.1% of the participants ran in their offseason. However, doing so did not correlate with a protective effect against sustaining an injury in the proceeding season. Nevertheless, closer analysis of those who ran in offseason revealed that those who alternated long and short mileage, and/or ran more than 8 weeks were less likely to be injured.
These findings warrant participation in summer training activities for at least 8 weeks prior to the commencement of interscholastic cross-country season may reduce the incidence of injury in the first month of competition amongst high school runners.
> From: Rauh et al., J Orthop Sports Phys Ther (2014) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Click here for the Pubmed summary.