Investigating the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection on Recreational Runners: Risks, Recovery and Complications

COVID-19 is affecting all our lives. Through changes to our working, family or social circumstances, the current pandemic is having a great effect on our mental and physical health.

It is also anticipated that many keen adult runners in the general population will be affected either by contracting COVID-19 or through a significant change in their running activities.

Through inviting members of the running community to share their training data, we hope to examine changes in running habits associated with the current restrictions.

Understanding of the relationship between COVID-19 and other common viral infections, changes in the running activities and early symptoms of poor recovery is needed to help understand the impact of the pandemic on the running communities. If found to be beneficial, running could then also be prescribed to the wider population.

The lack of a regular racing season will also provide a unique opportunity to investigate patterns of injuries in runners.

Currently, it is not clear what training regime changes are linked with an increased risk of injury. Some suggest that changes of running intensity rather the weekly distance, as well as common viral infections, have strong links to injury.

We aim to use data provided by the running community to enable the production of data-based recommendations regarding training load, intensity or infection recovery.

Finally, many previously active adults who have tested positive for COVID-19 have reported experiencing prolonged tiredness, alongside cardiac or respiratory symptoms during the recovery period. This is often described as ‘Long COVID’.

Running Through will monitor runners return to training following recovery from COVID-19 and the impact on subsequent physical activity, training performance and cardiorespiratory complications.

We hope to identify characteristics of those runners who are at higher risk of developing symptomatic COVID-19 infection, developing common injuries and subsequently poor recovery after the infection.

Study Objectives

To investigate training load on runners’ musculoskeletal injuries, illness and recovery.

To investigate risks associated with the incidence of symptomatic coronavirus COVID-19 infection and poor recovery after the infection in recreational runners.

To investigate risks associated with the incidence of other upper respiratory infections and musculoskeletal injuries in recreational runners during COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on Running Through and how you can take part visit RunningThrough.org or follow the study social media accounts.

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Current Student Members

Thomas Bestwick-Stevenson
Joshua Cresswell
Lea Gayer de Mena

Past Student Members

Danial Tahir
Jie Zheng
Sumeng Wang
Xinqi Huang

Study Co-ordinator

Natasha Jumbu

Senior Data Manager

Dan Simpkins

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World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease (ESCEO) 2022

Online

March 24- 27 2022

The Running Through study team will be presenting some of our initial findings at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) 2022.

Dr Stefan Kluzek will be presenting a poster on ‘The relationship between the significant knee and hip pain and use of non-steroid medication in the middle-aged and elderly UK running population: large cohort study’

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World Congress on Osteoarthritis (OARSI) 2022

Berlin, Germany and online

7-10 April 2022

The Running Through study team will be presenting some of our initial findings at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis (OARSI) 2022.

Dr Garrett Bullock will be presenting a poster on The relationship of lower extremity persistent pain and osteoarthritis on running and physical activity in recreational runners: large prospective cohort study (Running Through)’

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Congress of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) 2022

Dublin, Ireland and online

April 27-30 2022

The Running Through study team will be presenting some of our initial findings at the Congress of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) 2022.

Sumeng Wang will be presenting a poster on ‘Investigating physical activity and musculoskeletal pain in Nordic walkers using digital technology.
 

Join Sumeng on Thursday 28th April  at 17:40 – 18:25 Dublin time for the live online poster session Click here to join the session

Dr Joanne Stocks will also be presenting a poster on ‘Common Joint Pain in the Running Community

Join Joanne on Friday 29th April  at 17:40 – 18:25 Dublin time for the live online poster session Click here to join the session

British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) 2022

Brighton, UK and online

May 26-27 2022

The Running Through study team will be presenting some of our initial findings at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) 2022 Conference.
 

Dr Joanne Stocks will be presenting a poster on Impact of three different phases of UK Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, Covid infections and Covid vaccination status on runners training distance and pace.

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British Pain Society

London, UK and online

13-15 June 2022

The Running Through team will be presenting some of our results at the British Pain Society’s 55th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Dr Joanne Stocks will be presenting a poster ‘Physical activity in people self-reporting chronic multi-joint pain in lower limbs’.

 

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Tuesday 18th January 2022

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