Research Project on Joint Health in Runners

Last updated: 02-Jun-17

By Kathryn Bullock

A new research project is being launched to explore in detail the running behaviour of athletes of all abilities (e.g. training volume and intensity) and the effect these have on joint health.

It is being run by Richard Leech, a physiotherapist and a PhD student with the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis at the University of Nottingham.

He is looking to recruit 10,000 runners into the ‘Health of Adults Longitudinal Observational (HALO) study’, which will make it one of the largest and most comprehensive projects ever looking at recreational running.

To ensure a truly comprehensive assessment of runners, it is critical that he engages with the full spectrum of the running community. He is therefore very keen to ensure that ultra runners are included within the sample. He has recently published an article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and hopes that his research will produce many important conclusions to aid both athletes and health-care professionals in the future.

If you would like to take part in the study or find out more, please visit this page. If you have some useful ideas as to how Richard can engage with the community, please email him at [email protected].

"To ensure a truly comprehensive assessment of runners, it is critical that he engages with the full spectrum of the running community"

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