If you train someone who enjoys running and has had to take breaks in the past to nurse their Achilles tendon, for example, consider investing more time in injury prevention. It’s important because current running injuries can lead to future injuries, too. A new study by Swedish researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden, found that recreational runners with a prior injury were twice as likely to sustain a running-related injury as runners with no previous injury.

Investigators observed 224 recreational male and female adult runners for 1 year. Runners completed an average of 15 kilometers per week during the 1-year period and reported any pain and running-related injuries. The cumulative proportion of injuries was 45.9%, and the most common injury sites were the knee (27%) and the Achilles tendon/calf (25%).

These findings were published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (2021; 51 [3], 144–50).

See also: High Risk for Recreational Running Injuries