Youth Distance Running and Lower Extremity Injury: A Systematic Review.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review;Systematic Review)

Distance running is a popular youth sport. This systematic review identified and examined the effects of youth distance running and lower extremity musculoskeletal injury. Scientific databases were searched from database inception to May 2020. Two hundred and fifty-eight full texts were screened, with nine articles retained for data extraction. Seven of the studies were case reports or case series. Two case reports involved an apophyseal hip fracture. No correlation was found between running mileage or gender and sustaining an injury. Middle school runners reported fewer injuries than high school runners. Cross country accounted for less than 10% of injuries in youth under 15 compared to other track activities. The main finding was a paucity of research. Available literature suggests youth can participate in distance running with minimal adverse effects. One exception may be increased vulnerability to growth plate injury. Additional research is needed, especially in those under 10, as literature in this population is nonexistent.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Paz, T; Meyers, RN; Faverio, CN; Wang, Y; Vosburg, EM; Clewley, DJ

Published Date

  • July 15, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 14

PubMed ID

  • 34299992

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8306621

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1660-4601

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3390/ijerph18147542


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland