In last two decades, running has been increased steadily even in India as a result; total events held in 2013 was 176 and which has increased to 700 by 2016. Various factors have been already identified for running related musculoskeletal injuries. As the athlete does not always recognize symptoms as an injury, significant number of recreational runners might unknowingly be suffering an overuse injury while still participating.
Aim and Objective: To find the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain in recreational runners & its possible correction with age, BMI, weekly running distance, running experience and training surface.
Materials and Methods: Self-reported questionnaire was used in present cross-sectional observational study. Demographic data, running and pain related data were collected from 134 recreational runners participating in two different running events held in south Gujarat from January to February 2018.
Results: Present study found 19.40% prevalence of musculoskeletal pain among runners of south Gujarat being 19.44% and 19.23% in male and female respectively. Highest prevalence of musculoskeletal pain was found at knee joint irrespective of gender. No correlation was found with prevalence and running parameters except weekly running distance.
Conclusion: Musculoskeletal pain is common in recreational runners of South Gujarat with the prevalence of 19.40% with knee joint being the most common site of pain among all the runners. Clinical Implementation: It is possible that individual is not aware about their overuse injury. Hence, it’s a role of a physiotherapist to provide education and preventive strategies for the same.