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Profiling Collapsing Half Marathon Runners-Emerging Risk Factors: Results from Gothenburg Half Marathon
University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Swedish Armed Forces Defense Medicine Centre, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2734-5733
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6928-0683
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2020 (English)In: Sports, E-ISSN 2075-4663, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 1-11, article id 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Among several serious medical conditions, arrhythmia and heat stroke are two important causes of death during endurance races. Clinically, collapsing might be the first sign of these serious conditions and may mimic the more common and benign exercise-associated collapse. Several risk factors have been reported in the literature. We aimed to conduct a qualitative study to find a perceived risk profile among runners who collapsed and who were transported by ambulances to the nearest hospital during Gothenburg's half marathon (2010-2017). Collapsing runners seem to lack the ability to make a decision to withdraw from the contest despite being exhausted. They feel the pain, but are unable to put meaning to their feeling, to adjust their pacing, and to handle other influences. Consequently, they do not overcome the problem or assess the situation. These individual mental characteristics may indicate a unique profile for collapsing runners. Pre-race health control and educational initiatives aiming at mental preparedness and information before endurance races might be a necessary step to avoid life-threatening complications.

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MDPI, 2020. Vol. 8, no 1, p. 1-11, article id 2
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Endurance, health, medicine, psychology, collapsing, pre-race test
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Risk and Environmental Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-77101DOI: 10.3390/sports8010002ISI: 000511878400002PubMedID: 31881684OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-77101DiVA, id: diva2:1397173
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