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Marathon Related Injuries

24th April, 2012

Marathon Runners_300Congratulations to all of you who have taken part in the London Marathon on Sunday and good luck to those of you who have signed up to run the Milton Keynes marathon this weekend! It's marathon season once again and so read on to find out about common marathon related injuries and guidance on how to treat or prevent them.

Running (or even walking) a marathon is a demanding, physical and grueling endurance challenge. To take part in a marathon, even more importantly, to finish a marathon takes a great deal of determination.

Over the last 10-15 years, there has been a dramatic increase in popularity of running marathons. It has been reported yearly incidence rates for injury of those training for marathons appears to be as high as 90%. It is important to note that runners need to train and prepare properly to prevent injuries. After long hours on the course, you may sprain an ankle, pull a muscle or experience a number of other aches and pains, the usual culprits being blisters, chafing and black toenails to name a few!

The next few blogs we will be covering common musculoskeletal injuries arising from these events.

If you have sustained an injury from long distance, endurance running, keep checking the Blackberry blogs for useful information on common injuries to help with your recovery and prevent re-injury.

Some topics in the coming weeks are:

  • Hamstring injuries
  • Achilles problems
  • Low back pain
  • Ankle sprains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Pain
  • Knee pain- patello-femoral syndrome, ITB syndrome, meniscal and ligamentous
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome

Contributing Authors:
Shelley Doole DC MChiro


Fredericson, M. and Misra, A.K. (2007) Epidemiology and Aetiology of Marathon Running Injuries. Sports Medicine, 37 (4-5), 437-439