Multi-day running events are increasingly popular, however, research on these events is lacking and fails to consider the dynamic nature of musculoskeletal physiology. Twenty-three athletes completing a 10-day marathon event participated in the study. Proprioception, dynamic balance, knee valgus, and flexibility were assessed the day before the event and after one, five, and nine consecutive marathons. There were significant reductions in these measurements across the event and reductions were more apparent in the nondominant side. Each runner suffered, on average, 4.2 injuries. Runners performed significantly worse in musculoskeletal measurements, particularly on the nondominant side, as the competition progressed. Therefore, athletic trainers should design appropriate between-day recovery strategies during events based on within-event data collection.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training|
|Early online date||31 May 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 31 May 2019|
- Athletic therapy
- Multi-day running
- Musculoskeletal testing