Table 2

Injuries and marathon-related health problems recorded in the first and second marathon events
2009 Marathon 2010 Marathon
Site of injury n (%) n (%)
Thigh 39 (39.7) 42 (76.4)
Groin 9 (9.2) 2 (3.6)
Knee 28 (28.6) 7 (12.7)
Calf 19 (19.4) 26 (47.3)
Ankle 14 (14.3) 31 (56.4)
Foot 25 (25.5) 11 (20.0)
Shoulder 0 (0.0) 1 (1.8)
Type of Injury
Toe blisters 22 (22.4) 10 (18.2)
Contusion 24 (24.5) 23 (41.8)
Sprain 25 (25.5) 23 (41.8)
Tendonitis 11 (11.2) 18 (32.7)
Muscle cramps 37 (37.8) 27 (49.1)
Other health problems
Heat exhaustion 42 (42.8) 31 (56.3)
Hypothermia 11 (11.2) 9 (16.4)
Injury Exacerbation
Yes 17 (17.3) 21 (38.2)
No 81 (82.6) 34 (61.8)

Key: n= frequency of injury or health problem, %= percentage occurrence.

Ogwumike and Adeniyi

Ogwumike and Adeniyi BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation 2013 5:6   doi:10.1186/2052-1847-5-6

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