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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

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Original languageEnglish
Article number46
Pages (from-to)54-62
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Therapy in Sport
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020


Objectives: 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.
Design: Survey; Participants: UK Coaches/RGLs (N ¼ 100)
Outcome measures: Online questionnaire with open, closed and Likert scale questions.
Results: 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.
Conclusion: 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.

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