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Running coaches and running group leaders’ engagement with, and beliefs and perceived barriers to prehabilitation and injury prevention strategies for runners

Linton, Linda; Valentin, Stephanie


Linda Linton


To identify which pre-and post-run injury risk reduction activities and prehabilitation (prehab) strategies Coaches and Running Group Leaders (Coaches/RGLs) engage in with runners; to explore their beliefs on why runners get injured; to identify Coaches/RGLs confidence providing injury prevention activities, and what they believe are effective for reducing risk of injury; to identify their perceived barriers to including prehab during running coaching/training.

Survey; Participants: UK Coaches/RGLs (N = 100)

Outcome measures
Online questionnaire with open, closed and Likert scale questions.

Most Coaches/RGLs performed active warm-ups (97%), cool-downs (94%),gave injury prevention advice (91%), and advice on recovery strategies (84%) during training. Fewer coaches/RGLs incorporated prehab (67%). Although they collectively exhibited a wide range of knowledge, individually there was less consistency and confidence providing this. Prehab was rated as very important for injury risk reduction, with supervision recommended to facilitate runner engagement. Coaches/RGLs found conflicting advice, time, environment, and resistance from runners as barriers to incorporating prehab into training.

Coaches/RGLs believe prehab is important for runners however lack of confidence and knowledge appeared to limit the wider inclusion of prehab with runners. Coaches/RGLs welcomed reputable information on prehab from evidence-based sources. This may assist in reducing injury.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 5, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 16, 2020
Publication Date 2020-11
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 8, 2023
Journal Physical Therapy in Sport
Print ISSN 1466-853X
Electronic ISSN 1873-1600
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Pages 54-62
Keywords Running related injury, Load management, Strength training, Injury prevention


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