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Home >> News >> OMTOM Medical Newsflash: The most common medical complications on Race Day

OMTOM Medical Newsflash: The most common medical complications on Race Day

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As we get closer to Race Day, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon medical team has compiled a series of educational newsflashes to help you reduce your risk of medical complications or injury – either while training or during your race.

Over the past 8 years, we have tracked the most common reasons why runners are admitted to medical facilities during the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon and Trail Runs:

  1. Post exercise postural hypotension (dizziness or collapsing just after you crossed the finish line)
  2. Skin conditions (e.g. chafing & blisters)
  3. Musculoskeletal complaints (injuries)
  4. Muscle cramping
  5. Gastro-intestinal conditions

More serious medical complications are less common but do occur, and are usually related to runners who suffer from other underlying medical diseases. 

This newsflash was brought to you by the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Medical Team.  Please watch your Inbox for regular medical newsflashes.

Download this newsflash here.

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