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Running boom during Covid-19 pandemic

Discussion in 'Break Room' started by NewsBot, Jun 3, 2021.

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    Press Release 02 Jun 2021
    New research reveals running boom during Covid-19 pandemic

    More people have taken up running during the Covid-19 pandemic, and all of those intend to maintain their newfound passion for the sport once the pandemic is over.

    The power of running during this time has been revealed on Global Running Day, with new findings from Nielsen – the official research and intelligence supplier to World Athletics – highlighting how runners have increased their participation and the health benefits they gain from it.

    Across 10 surveyed countries, four in 10 people consider themselves to be runners and 30 per cent of those run at least once a week. Distinct from many other participation sports, recreational running has an equal participation split. Of all runners, 53% are men and 47% are women.

    More than a fifth of all runners reveal that they run more often than they did previously as a result of Covid-19 and most in that group say they will continue to run more often once the pandemic is over.

    Among the many benefits of running is the chance to experience the ‘runner’s high’. “It begins with this peace of mind and then a greater ease of movement, a sense of power and confidence, optimism and hope, and you will often hear runners describe feeling loving and connected to everyone and everything,” explained Kelly McGonigal, a psychologist, educator and author of The Joy of Movement, during a recent World Athletics 'Run Anywhere' Webinar in collaboration with Mass Participation World.

    The survey reflects this, with three quarters of all runners agreeing that ‘running is good for my mind as well as my body’.

    Those aged 25-34 are most likely to be passionate about running, with 50 per cent agreeing that it is a part of who they are. Runners are more likely to consider themselves to be warm and friendly, family oriented, optimistic and passionate, showing greater confidence to associate themselves with positive personality characteristics.

    For current runners, the biggest factors in the decision to run are health reasons, the ability to go at your own pace and not needing much equipment.

    Recent research by runrepeat.com also identified the growing popularity of running, supporting the findings of the Nielsen study.

    So, what are you waiting for? Why not mark Global Running Day by discovering the power of running for yourself?

    Further findings are available in the World Athletics and Nielsen Sports 'Recreational running consumer research study'.
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    Athletic competition after COVID
    Cardiologists from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science center show heart damage in athletes unlikely after COVID-19 infection

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Cardiovascular imaging demonstrated no evidence of myocardial injury or myocarditis in athletes after COVID-19 infection, according to a research letter published in Circulation by Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center cardiologists. The screening and evaluation was conducted by the Le Bonheur Children's Heart Institute Sports Cardiology team, Benjamin S. Hendrickson, MD, Ranjit R. Philip, MD, and Ryan E. Stephens, NP-C, MBA, and Le Bonheur Director of Cardiac MRI Jason N. Johnson, MD, MHS. Researchers say this study confirms existing recommendations that cardiovascular screening can be deferred in COVID-19 positive athletes who are asymptomatic or have milder symptoms.

    "Concern for cardiovascular disease as a result of COVID-19 brought about recommendations for evaluating athletes after infection," said Johnson. "Our results show that none of the athletes who underwent cardiac MRI had abnormal findings."

    137 collegiate athletes from three universities competing across the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Divisions 1, 2 and 3 were evaluated in sports cardiology clinic no sooner than 10 days after testing positive. The athletes were young adults from a broad range of sports and various racial ethnic backgrounds - 48% black, 47% white and 7% Hispanic.

    Le Bonheur Children's and UTHSC cardiologists used an algorithm-guided screening to evaluate the athletes. Regardless of symptoms or illness severity, cardiologists obtained a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), transthoracic echocardiogram and conventional cardiac troponin I (cTn) level from each COVID-19 positive athlete. If any of these tests were abnormal or the athlete had a clinical evaluation of concern, they were referred for cardiac MRI (CMR). Athletes with normal evaluations and negative tests or negative CMR had exercise slowly reintroduced and eventually returned to full participation.

    Study findings include:

    Most athletes (82%) were symptomatic and experienced mild (67%) or moderate (33%) symptoms. None of the athletes had severe COVID-19 illness.
    Only five (3.6%) athletes had abnormal testing that required CMR. Of these five, none had abnormal CMR results consistent with myocardial injury or myocarditis.
    None of the athletes had new symptoms or other health problem after resuming exercise and normal competition.
    "On the basis of the outcomes and follow-up in our cohort, it is reasonable to defer cardiovascular screening in asymptomatic athletes or those with milder COVID-19," said Philip. "Cardiac screening, testing and imaging can be guided by the severity of symptoms and illness in an athlete."
  3. Vofero

    Vofero Welcome New Poster

    I am in this statistics, I started to run during pandemic. I just don't have any dog to walk with and it wasn't allowed to go out of our property in Spain without any essential reason but was allowed to do sports outside. So I started to go for a run for 40-60 minutes everyday. Nice feeling of freedom I must say

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