LEARNING OBJECTIVES: To have the reader gain a further understanding of common injuries to the novice runner. In addition, the reader should gain an understanding of potential preventive strategies.
Initiation of a training program, mechanics, and comorbidities (injuries or illnesses that occur together) can have a significant effect on injury risk in the novice runner. This article aims to identify common injuries to the novice runner and provide recommendations on potential preventive strategies. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
David Tietze, M.D., currently is a fellow of Primary Care Sports Medicine at The Ohio State University. He holds membership with ACSM and AMSSM. His training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma and internal medicine residency at Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas. He is going to join Texas Metroplex Institute in Arlington, TX, this fall.
Thomas M. Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM, is the Pomerene Endowed Chair of Primary Care at The Ohio State University. He holds joint appointments in the College of Engineering and the School of Allied Health Medical Professions. An active member of ACSM for 21 years, Dr. Best is a fellow and the 2010 to 2011 president. He is an associate editor-in-chief of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and serves as an Associate Editor for Current Sports Medicine Reports.
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.