The value of preventive advice and examination focusing on cardiovascular events and injury for novice runners

J Zwerver, B Bessem, I Buist, R L Diercks

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Abstract

Novice runners often seek advice from a physician about training responsibly. Common concerns include sudden cardiac arrest, advice on running injuries and how to avoid these events. Cardiologic screening and ergometry are only beneficial if the athlete has a high-risk profile. In the world of running, there are many myths regarding the prevention ofinjuries. Many recommendations on the use of running shoes, supportive insoles, running on soft or hard surfaces and the value of stretching have been made based on empirical evidence. The actual effects of these recommendations on injury prevention, however, have not been evaluated sufficiently. The value of preventive examination of structural and locomotor elements is also unclear at this time. Progression of training load in which the duration and intensity of training increases by less than 10% per week, appears to be the most reasonable way to prevent running injuries.

Translated title of the contributionThe value of preventive advice and examination focusing on cardiovascular events and injury for novice runners
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)1825-1830
Number of pages6
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume152
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 16-Aug-2008

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