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Developing a programme for the prevention and treatment of running-related injuries

News: Nov 18, 2015

A research team led by Professor Stefan Grau at the Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport Science (IKI) has received a grant of SEK 3.5 million from the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture in order to develop exercise and training programmes to guard against repetitive strain injury in recreational joggers and to validate these programmes among individual joggers over the next three years.

Jogging has many scientifically documented positive effects,
but there might also be negative consequences that arise. For
example, 30–50 per cent of beginner joggers suffer from a musculoskeletal injury – either a cumulative trauma disorder or
repetitive strain injury – during their first year, leading to a diminished
desire to continue jogging, and in the worst case, that
the jogger completely stops all exercise and physical activity.

Finding the risk factors

In the research project “Health promotion with a focus on
physical activity and injury prevention” headed by Stefan
Grau, Professor of Biomechanics and Motion Analysis, the objective
is to find the risk factors and to develop ways to prevent
repetitive strain injuries in recreational runners, increase endurance,
and promote well-being and health in general.
“The reason why musculoskeletal injury occurs is multifactorial
and might be due to anything, including too much physical
exercise, poor recovery, unilateral exercise, improper exercise
equipment, or that some part some of the body does not keep
up with the particular exercise it is being subjected to,” observes
Stefan Grau.
“The goal is to get joggers to continue with their running because
there are many good health benefits. Not the least, as a
prevention against cardiovascular disease,” he stresses.

Validation of the exercise program

The first part of the project will be to develop exercise and
training programmes that prevent musculoskeletal injuries, and
these will be validated among hundreds of individual runners
training to participate in the Göteborg Half Marathon. The
project will primarily be conducted at the modern test centre at
the University of Gothenburg’s Center for Health and Human
Performance (KHP).
Computer-based systems are used within biomechanics and
the study of movement for the registration of movement, power,
and muscle activity. Advanced software is available for the
collection, processing, analysis, and reporting of the data.
Applied studies will take place, for example, in the laboratory
that was developed in the spring of 2011 at KHP. There
is equipment here for isometric strength measurements and
isokinetic testing, and a unique module has been developed
focusing on research within biomechanics and the study of
movement that contains 16 3-D infrared cameras, a dynamic
foot scanner, power plates, and treadmills for analytical studies
of movement.

More information:
Stefan Grau, tel: +46 31-786 6535, +46 768-824466, epost: stefan.grau@gu.se

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