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Home >> News >> OMTOM Medical Newsflash: Avoiding gastro-intestinal complaints on Race Day

OMTOM Medical Newsflash: Avoiding gastro-intestinal complaints on Race Day

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What are the common gastro-intestinal conditions in runners?

The most common gastro-intestinal conditions during running are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.

How common are gastro-intestinal conditions in runners?

About 1 in every 1136 runners who start the Two Oceans Marathon develop a gastro-intestinal condition during the race. Gastro-intestinal conditions account for 11% of all medical complications in runners.

56km runners are at a higher risk of developing gastro-intestinal conditions compared with 21km runners.

Tips to avoid gastro-intestinal conditions during running

  1. Experiment and then set your morning eating routine in preparation for the race during training runs.
  2. Avoid any new foodstuffs and drinks during the race – only use what you have previously tested during training.
  3. Run at a racing pace that you trained for – gastro-intestinal conditions occur more commonly in untrained individuals, or those that run at a speed that is faster than usual.
  4. Do not run the race if you had severe diarrhoea or vomiting in the 24-48 hours before the race. 

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