What’s the financial cost of running injuries?

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Injuries are ludicrously common among runners, but they don't just cost you training sessions and PB goals - the money spent on physiotherapy treatments and kit adds up too. Research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports studied the economic burden of injuries on runners in the lead-up to an event.

The study, carried out at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Center, saw 53 participants take part in an organised training programme and get sent surveys every two weeks to record the volume of running they'd done, their injuries and the costs the injuries had incurred.

Out of those 53 participants, 32 reported a total of 41 running-related injuries. 85% of those injuries were caused by overuse. From the data, the researchers estimated that running-related injuries incur a direct cost of €57.97 (£42.02 at the time of writing) on average as a result of healthcare expenses. In addition to this, indirect costs caused by missing work as a result of the injuries were estimated to be €115.75 (£83.89) on average.

So, what can we do? Let's be honest, no runner is going to stop just to save money. The researchers recommend prevention programmes for runners taking part in organised training programmes, which could help tackle muscle tightness and weakness in order to help runners' bodies become more durable.

Want to try and save cash on treatments? Check out these 8 exercises to help prevent injury