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Q: POST MARATHON statistics ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: POST MARATHON statistics
Category: Sports and Recreation > Training
Asked by: burgybrown-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 21 Apr 2005 10:10 PDT
Expires: 21 May 2005 10:10 PDT
Question ID: 512277
I'm trying to do a report on post marathon aches and pains and am
looking for statistics on any of the following:
- how long the pain lasts after a marathon
- how many people end up in the hospital after a marathon
- how many people take medication to alleviate the pain after a marathon
- how one might prevent this pain
- how many people have an injury that prevents them from even running the marathon

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Subject: Re: POST MARATHON statistics
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 21 Apr 2005 13:04 PDT
"Most runners suffer from minor injuries such as cramps, blisters,
skin chafing and subungual haematomas."

"Aches and pains and severe delayed onset muscle stiffness are common
after a marathon and may only be appreciated as significant injuries
if they fail to subside in the following two weeks. Some runners may
experience severe pain for days after a marathon race when walking up
or down stairs."

"Deaths occurring during or shortly after a marathon are naturally
blamed on the event, particularly by the media, but may, in fact, be
random and possibly unrelated."

London Marathon 

Year Finishers Seen in hospital 
1981 6,418      11 
1982 15,758     34 
1983 15,776     19 
1984 15,649     15 
1985 15,841      6 
1986 18,031      5 
1987 19,970     10 
1988 21,100     38 
1989 22,651     19 
1990 24,871     20 
1991 23,080     24 
1992 23,657     15 
1993 24,369     20 
1994 25,000     40 
1995 25,272     40 
1996 26,000     90 
1997 29,000     27 
1998 30,000     59 
1999 30,700     35 
2000 32,600     35 
2001 30,071     25 
2002 32,200     41 
2003 32,300     58 

[That's .127% of London Marathon runners reporting to the hospital on
an average year.]

"Based on 23 years? experience, the approximate overall risks of
running the Marathon are:

contact with St John: 1 in 6; 
contact with a hospital accident and emergency department: 1 in 800; 
hospital admission: 1 in 10,000; 
death: 1 in 67,414 ? a risk which is comparable to many daily activities. "

Info and quotes taken from:
London marathon: Lies, damned lies and statistics: what we know about
the incidence of injury, illness and death in the London Marathon

It does seem slightly biased towards the safety of marathon running,
but it's the only statistics I could find.
Subject: Re: POST MARATHON statistics
From: politicalguru-ga on 21 Apr 2005 22:08 PDT
Thank you for your question.
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and effort than the average amount of time and effort associated with
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