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Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte
Print version ISSN 1517-8692
FERREIRA, Alberto Cantídio et al. Prevalence and asociated risks of injury in amateur street runners from Belo Horizonte, MG. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.4, pp. 252-255. ISSN 1517-8692. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-86922012000400007.
INTRODUCTION: The practice of street racing has increased in recent years, both for its ease and the low cost involved. This practice, however, involves risks of musculoskeletal injuries. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries and analyze associated factors among street racers amateur of Belo Horizonte /MG. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional observational study. Sample selection was by convenience. The participants were 100 amateur athletes with at least three months of practice running with minimum frequency of twice a week. We collected data on the prevalence of injuries and associated factors using a structured questionnaire. RESULTS: The prevalence of injuries among athletes was 40%. Among the factors associated with injury include the distance and the variation in average daily volume of training. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of injuries in amateur runners is considerable, although it was reported by less than half of the participants. The characteristics of training may trigger injury and should be carefully analyzed so that the race is held securely.
Keywords : race; prevalence; injury.