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Can Design Help Mitigate Running-Related Injuries?

Gillis, Bhreigh (2019) Can Design Help Mitigate Running-Related Injuries? [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Gillis, Bhreigh

Long-distance recreational running is a popular form of exercise
enjoyed by many people across Canada. With a plethora of well-understood
physical and mental health benefits, it is no surprise that running is so popular.
These benefits, coupled with a low barrier to participation, makes running an
attractive form of exercise for many.
While running may be a healthy way to stay active, many runners will inevitably
sustain a running-related injury. While studies show varying degrees of injury
prevalence, many indications point about 65%. These injuries often prevent
people from running, which can have an impact on an individual's physical and
mental health. Running is known to help prevent lifestyle-related diseases such
as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Thus, keeping
individuals running carries health benefits to the athlete but it may also carry
immense socioeconomic benefits by reducing the burden on the Canadian
healthcare system.
The current research aims to review the current state of knowledge as it
pertains to the physical and mental health benefits associated with running,
running-related technologies, and running-related injuries. Primary research
was conducted in order to understand perceptions of and attitudes toward
running injuries. The insights derived from the secondary and primary research
initiatives were synthesized to yield 3 injury-prevention principles designed to
mitigate running related injuries through the use of technology.

Date: 13 May 2019
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 14:58
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 22:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2549

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