Project Title

Genetics of exercise-induced injuries involving tendon and bone


The purpose of the study is to discover and investigate risk factors for Achilles tendinopathy and bone stress injuries, and to systemise and make this data applicable for a preventive strategy against overuse injuries. Due to the high popularity of running in Australia and relative high incidence of overuse injuries during running, recreational runners were selected as the study group.

Research questions:

1. What is the current incidence of overuse injuries and what are the main contributors to the development of Achilles tendinopathy and bone stress injuries?

2. What are the epidemiological characteristics of recreational runners in Australia and which of them are related to the development of overuse injuries? An online questionnaire was selected as a method of collecting epidemiological data on Australian runners. The questionnaire was delivered using a commercial online survey software package (SurveyGizmo), which complies with all ethical human research data storage requirements. Testretest reliability study showed that the survey is reliable and meets the recruitment needs for the project (1). The two main criteria for participation in the survey were that the participants were over the age of 18 and ran a distance of at least 15 km per week. Questions covered demographic characteristics, running habits, history of injuries in the past two years, health status, presence of disorders and chronic conditions, dietary habits, medication and supplement intake and female questions. In order to recruit runners the project is being promoted via mass media, running clubs, fitness clubs and running events.


Tendon, Bond, Running injury, Epidemiological study

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Australian Institute of Sports

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