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Research project

SPRINT study: Injury prevention in runners

Status: Ongoing (December 2018 - December 2020)

The next step towards the prevention of running related injuries: further development of a prevention program for recreational runners.

What we do

About our project

With the increasing number of people participating in running, the number of running injuries also increased. However, no effective prevention strategies have been identified yet. Therefore, we designed the SPRINT-study, in which the effectiveness of an online injury prevention program is studied.

We hypothesize that the online injury prevention program will reduce the number of injuries in recreational runners.

3394 runners who sign up for a Golazo Sports running event are asked to participate in the SPRINT-study. Participants are randomly allocated to the intervention group, who will get access to an online injury prevention program during the preparation for the running event, or control group. The online prevention program offers 10 concrete and directing advices towards runners and will be available on a website and mobile application. The effectiveness of the program will be evaluated by 3 follow-up questionnaires around the running event, in which the occurrence of injuries is registered. Statistical analysis will be based on the intention-to-treat principle.

Our research focus

Primary outcome
The primary outcome measure of the SPRINT study is the difference in injury proportion between the intervention and control group in the time period between the registration for the SPRINT study and one month after the running event registered for.

Secondary outcome

Secondary outcome measures include the difference in severity score of running injuries (range 0-100), calculated on the basis of the four questions of the OSTRC Overuse injury Questionnaire between runners in the intervention and control group and the difference in injury proportion in runners with previous injuries in the intervention and control group. Other secondary outcome measures are the difference of RRI locations between the intervention and control group and the responsiveness (percentage responders on implementation).

Funds & Grants

ZonMw Sportblessurepreventie (50-53600-98-104).


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (Erasmus MC)
Golazo Sports
Koninklijke Nederlandse Atletiek Unie

Our team

T. Fokkema, MSc., t.fokkema@erasmusmc.nl
K. Cloosterman, MSc., k.cloosterman@erasmusmc.nl
Dr. M. van Middelkoop (co-promotor), m.vanmiddelkoop@erasmusmc.nl
Dr. R.J. de Vos, r.devos@erasmusmc.nl
Prof. dr. P.J. Bindels, p.bindels@erasmusmc.nl
Drs. J. IJzerman, xioma@ziggo.nl
Prof. dr. B.W. Koes, b.koes@erasmusmc.nl
Drs. P. Krastman, wetenschap@dezorghoek.nl
Drs. E. Visser, e.visser@planet.nl
Prof. dr. J.A.N. Verhaar, j.verhaar@erasmusmc.nl
Prof. dr. S.M.A. Bierma-Zeinstra (promotor), s.bierma-zeinstra@erasmusmc.nl

Contact address for the project: sprint@erasmusmc.nl.