Garmin® collaborates with RUNSAFE to study running health

International research study aims to help prevent running-related injuries

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced a collaboration with RUNSAFE, a research group at Aarhus University in Denmark, to explore how changes in running affect various health-related factors. Throughout the Garmin-RUNSAFE Running Health Study, the relationship between running, personal characteristics and risk of running-related injuries will be investigated.

The worldwide study, which is underway now, will provide RUNSAFE with data to foster an improved understanding of the causes of running-related injuries and ultimately provide better prevention strategies through real-time feedback during runs and over the course of a training plan.

“Garmin is excited to work with RUNSAFE to understand why running injuries occur and how we can better prevent them from happening in the first place,” said Andrew Silver, senior product manager at Garmin. “As a company that is passionate about running, we know that injury prevention is key to runners of any level. This study will look into how to prevent injuries by adhering to a safe running schedule, which is something that until now, is lacking large-scale data and research.”

“For decades, researchers have sought a deeper understanding of why running injuries occur. However, the lack of big data has been a limiting factor as one or few risk factors have been explored in isolation,” said Rasmus Østergaard Nielsen, head of the study at Aarhus University. “Injury occurrence is multifactorial, and the collaboration with Garmin enables us to gather large-scale data that allows us to perform in-depth and sophisticated analysis using novel causal theories and statistical approaches. It will provide us with a unique insight, and ultimately, we hope that the collaboration paves the way for better prevention of running-related injuries – benefitting runners all over the world.”   

The Garmin-RUNSAFE Running Health Study will run through December 31, 2020 and is open to all runners, no matter how often, fast or far they run. Participants are free to run as normal during the study and can leave at any time. To learn more, or register to participate in the study, click here.

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