27 Aug UW RESEARCHERS TO STUDY RISK FACTORS FOR INJURY IN HIGH SCHOOL RUNNERS
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are teaming up with more than 20 high schools across Wisconsin this fall to study how certain risk factors contribute to running-related injuries in high school cross country runners.
The study, which will be conducted entirely online using surveys completed by the athletes, will be used to determine how weekly changes in running volume can contribute to running-related injuries and the degree to which stress, sleep duration and quality, and participation in other sports have on these types of injuries. Running-related injuries are defined as any musculoskeletal pain that occurs after participating in cross country practice or competition.
“We hope the results of our study will educate coaches, players, and parents about safe training volumes and lifestyle changes that could prevent running-related injuries in high school cross country runners,” said Mikel Joachim, study coordinator and PhD candidate in clinical investigation at UW’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. “By reducing the number of these types of injuries, we can help preserve the health and well-being of these young athletes as they transition from high school into an active adulthood.”
A minimum of 350 cross country runners from more than 20 Wisconsin high schools will take part in the study. All athletes under the age of 18 will need parental consent to participate. Participation in the study requires one pre-season survey and a daily survey throughout the season. The pre-season survey includes questions regarding current and prior sport participation, prior injuries and surgeries, dietary habits, and current levels of stress and fatigue. The daily survey will be texted or emailed to participants directly and should take less than two minutes to complete. The daily survey includes questions regarding running mileage, duration, and intensity; prior night’s sleep duration and quality; current levels of stress and fatigue; and any injuries they are currently experiencing.
Parents are encouraged to reach out to their high school’s athletic department to learn more about the research and how their kids can contribute to the study.