24 Apr 2015
Help Loughborough University to understand how medical care is managed at races worldwide
Researchers at Loughborough University are calling on race and medical directors to complete a questionnaire examining how medical care is currently managed at endurance running races worldwide.
The Loughborough team at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) are working with the International Institute for Race Medicine (IIRM) and the Matthew Good Foundation on the research, in order to create educational resources and advice on medical best practice at long distance endurance races – predominantly half and full marathons. The resources will be aimed at race and medical directors, emergency medical providers and participants.
The questionnaire, which is being distributed to race and medical directors globally, is available to complete online. The researchers are interested in hearing from race organisers from all over the world who have been involved in locally organised 5k and 10k races all the way up to World Marathon Majors.
The findings will be used to gain a picture of current medical care and provisions, help identify best practice, and develop guidelines for races of varying sizes.
The research team has already visited World Marathon Majors including London, Chicago, Boston and New York to see how medical best practice is implemented at the events and to ascertain how these models can be adopted by races on a smaller scale.
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