OMTOM Medical Newsflash: All about musculoskeletal injuries
We hope that your training is going well and that you have been able to avoid any pesky injuries.
DID YOU KNOW: Musculoskeletal injuries account for about 16% of all race day complications, with Ultra Marathon participants at higher risk!
What are race-related injuries and what causes them?
The most common injuries are muscle strains, knee injuries, achilles tendon injuries, lower leg injuries and foot/ankle injuries.
These injuries are often as a result of previous injuries that were not diagnosed and treated before the race.
How common are these injuries on Race Day?
About 1 in every 760 runners who start the Two Oceans races develop a musculoskeletal injury during the race. 56km runners are at a higher risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries compared with 21km runners.
Is it OK to use painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication during the race?
Please DO NOT use painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication to treat or prevent pain! These medications can cause serious damage to your kidneys and stomach lining.
Top tips to decrease the risk of injuries during racing
- The most common reason for developing an injury during the race is when you start the race with an untreated injury. Therefore, the most important preventative strategy to reduce the risk of injury during a race is to have any injuries diagnosed and treated before the race.
- Do not ignore constant pain in a specific body area while you are running. Rather slow down, and if pain persists seek help at a medical station on route.
- Stop running if every step you take causes moderate to severe pain.
Remember – prevention, early treatment, and rehabilitation will help minimise your risk of injury on Race Day!
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