RunIn3: The development process of a running-related injury prevention programme

Caio Sain Vallio, Gabriela Martins De Oliveira, Giovana Araujo Kretli Mota, Alexandre Dias Lopes, Luiz Hespanhol*

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Background Running is an important type of exercise to keep people physically active. However, running also carries a risk of developing running-related injuries (RRI). Therefore, effective and evidence-based RRI prevention programmes are desirable, but are scarce in practice. An approach to face this problem might be the application of methods to develop RRI prevention programmes based on theories of behaviour change. Objective The purpose of the study was to develop an RRI prevention programme based on perspectives of behavioural and social science theories, as well as taking a framework development approach. Methods This was a qualitative study using the Intervention Mapping (IM) framework held between February and March 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil. The participants were involved in running practice. The data collection was conducted during focus group meetings. The data analysis was based on semantic thematic approach using a content analysis orientation based on inductive reasoning. Results The target population of the RRI prevention programme identified was a € adult recreational runners'. The objectives of the RRI prevention programme were established in two broad actions: (1) to provide feedback on individual training characteristics and RRI risk; and (2) provide/enhance knowledge, skills and self-efficacy on RRI preventive behaviours. The programme is aimed to be delivered through an online system. Conclusion An RRI prevention programme was developed using the IM framework and a participatory approach. The programme was named a € RunIn3', and it is based on providing feedback on running volume and RRI risk, as well as providing knowledge, skills and self-efficacy on RRI preventive behaviours.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere001051
JournalBMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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