Recreational runners are wanted for the largest online study of its kind in Australia to determine the role of genetics in exercise-induced bone and tendon injuries.
The study is being conducted by AIS researchers in conjunction with Bond University’s Collaborative Research Network for Advancing Exercise and Sports Science.
AIS Chief Medical Officer Dr David Hughes said the study – The genetics of exercise-induced injuries in tendon and bone –needs runners aged 18 and over who run between 15 and 60 km in two to five sessions a week to participate in the online survey.
Athletes who register have the chance to win a $50 voucher to spend at 2XU.COM.AU.
“The aim of the study is to provide world first information into the genetic predictors of exercise-related bone and tendon injuries,” Dr Hughes said.
“Bone and tendon stress injuries of the lower leg result in significant time lost to training in both elite and recreational athletes.
“The use of personalised medicine in many fields of medicine has been increasing in recent years and this should be possible for the field of sports medicine.
“This study will allow coaches to work with athletes in designing training programs that are specifically tailored to the unique genetic strengths and weaknesses of the individual athlete.
“This study – in line with Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022 principles – will provide the right support to the right athletes on their high performance pathway and ultimately help all athletes in injury prevention practices.”