Do general medical practitioners examine injured runners?

Solvej Videbæk, A V Jensen, S Rasmussen, R O Nielsen

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BACKGROUND: General Medical Practitioners (GMP) in Denmark perform clinical examinations of patients with musculoskeletal pain. However, the prevalence proportion of examinations caused by running-related injuries remains unknown.

PURPOSE: The primary purpose of the present study was to estimate the prevalence proportion of consultations in general medical practice caused by running-related injuries. The secondary purpose was to estimate the prevalence proportion of injured runners, who consult their GMP, that are referred to additional examinations or treatments.

STUDY DESIGN: A survey-based study.

METHODS: An online survey was distributed in October and November 2015 to more than 370 GMPs in Denmark and completed by 27.

RESULTS: The median prevalence proportion of consultations caused by running-related injuries in the prior two weeks was 0.80% [25th percentile = 0.00%; 75th percentile = 1.43%]. Ten (37%) GMPs reported to refer between 0-24% of the injured runners to additional examination or treatment, whereas thirteen (48%) of GMPs referred between 25-49% and four (15%) referred 50-74% of injured runners.

CONCLUSION: Although a very small part (<1%) of the GMPs consultations were related to running injuries, this result suggests that injured runners seek advice in the primary health-care system in Denmark. As a consequence, physiotherapists willing to treat runners with running-related injuries may inform the GMPs in their local community about the treatment possibilities they offer. The low response-proportion highlights the challenges recruiting GMPs willing to respond to questionnaires on running-related injuries. It is plausible to assume that the estimates reported in the present study are overestimated owing to selection bias.


Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
Pages (from-to)450-457
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • Journal Article
  • family medicine
  • injuries
  • physiotherapy
  • running


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