Validity of injury self-reports by novice runners: comparison with reports by sports medicine physicians

Dirk-Wouter Smits, Frank Backx, Henk Van der Worp, Marienke Van Middelkoop, Fred Hartgens, Evert Verhagen, Bas Kluitenberg, Bionka Huisstede*

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Abstract

This study examined the criterion validity of self-reported running-related injuries (RRI) by novice runners. Fifty-eight participants (41 females; age 4611yrs) of the Start-to-Run program provided self-reports on their RRIs using an online questionnaire. Subsequently, they attended injury consultations with sports medicine physicians who provided physician-reports (blinded for the self-reports) as a reference standard. Self-reports and physician-reports included information on injury location (i.e., hip/groin, upper leg, knee, lower leg, and ankle/foot) and injury type (i.e., muscle-tendon unit, joint, ligament, or bone). Sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive values were 100% for all five injury locations. For injury type, sensitivity was low (66% for muscle-tendon unit, 50% for ligament, and 40% for bone) and lowest for joint injuries (17%). In conclusion, the validity of self-reported RRIs by novice runners is good for injury locations but not for injury types. In particular for joint injuries, the validity of novice runners' self-reports is low.Abbreviations: RRI: Running Related Injury; SMC: Sports Medicine Centre; MTU: Muscle Tendon Unit; PPV: Positive Predictive Value

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-87
Number of pages16
JournalResearch in Sports Medicine
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Athletes
  • running
  • injury location
  • injury type
  • self-reports
  • validity
  • RUNNING-RELATED INJURIES
  • LOWER-EXTREMITY INJURIES
  • RISK-FACTORS
  • MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURY
  • RHEUMATOID-ARTHRITIS
  • FOLLOW-UP
  • NLSTART2RUN

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