Publication: Training load factors & Injury/Pain Risk in Endurance Sporting Population

Research Impact:  Endurance sports are growing exponentially with participants training and competing at recreational and elite levels. A unique characteristic of endurance sport populations (ESPs) is the heterogeneity of training undertaken across different disciplines.  ESPs can be exposed to high training loads (TLs) and competition frequency which may contribute to the high prevalence of injury and/or pain (IP) (47-75%) within this population. This study found it is important to reduce acute training load spikes. There is a lag period between a spike in training load and possible injury/pain. ESPs should develop training consistency by building chronic training loads that reduce injury/pain risk.

Johnston, R., Cahalan, R., Bonnett, L., Maguire, M., Nevill, A., Glasgow, P., O’Sullivan, K. and Comyns, T., 2018. Training Load and Baseline Characteristics Associated With New Injury/Pain Within an Endurance Sporting Population: A Prospective Study. International journal of sports physiology and performance, pp.1-28. DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2018-0644

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