OMTOM Medical Newsflash: Avoiding gastro-intestinal complaints on Race Day
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
- Experiment and then set your morning eating routine in preparation for the race during training runs.
- Avoid any new foodstuffs and drinks during the race – only use what you have previously tested during training.
- 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.
- Do not run the race if you had severe diarrhoea or vomiting in the 24-48 hours before the race.
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