Youth running consensus statement: Minimising risk of injury and illness in youth runners

Brian J. Krabak, William O. Roberts, Adam S. Tenforde, Kathryn E. Ackerman, Paolo Emilio Adami, Aaron L. Baggish, Michelle Barrack, John Cianca, Irene Davis, Pierre D'Hemecourt, Michael Fredericson, Joshua T. Goldman, Mark A. Harrast, Bryan C. Heiderscheit, Karsten Hollander, Emily Kraus, Anthony Luke, Emily Miller, Melissa Moyer, Mitchell J. RauhBrett G. Toresdahl, Meagan M. Wasfy

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Despite the worldwide popularity of running as a sport for children, relatively little is known about its impact on injury and illness. Available studies have focused on adolescent athletes, but these findings may not be applicable to preadolescent and pubescent athletes. To date, there are no evidence or consensus-based guidelines identifying risk factors for injury and illness in youth runners, and current recommendations regarding suitable running distances for youth runners at different ages are opinion based. The International Committee Consensus Work Group convened to evaluate the current science, identify knowledge gaps, categorise risk factors for injury/illness and provide recommendations regarding training, nutrition and participation for youth runners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-318
Number of pages14
JournalBritish journal of sports medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Oct 29 2020

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  • consensus statement
  • injury
  • prevention
  • running
  • young


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