Accession Number:

ADA143574

Title:

Medical Complaints Following a Marathon Run in Cool Weather,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA

Report Date:

1984-07-09

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

Medical records were maintained on every runner requesting medical attention following the Bostonfest Marathon, run October 30, 1983. The weather race day was cool and sunny with an average dry-bulb temp of 9.6 deg C, and average wet-bulb-globe temp of 7.9 deg C. One hundred and sixty-four 11.5 percent of the runners finishing the race requested medical attention at the finish line. Another 37 casualties were treated on the course. Men and women requested attention with equal frequency, while the younger 20 to 30 years old and faster sub-3-hour runners sought medical attention more often than the older 30 years and over and slower over-3-hour runners counterparts. The complaints and symptoms of runners following this cool weather marathon were similar to those of runners following hot weather races with the exception that no one complained of feeling hot. These data suggest that numerous medical complaints can be expected following a marathon, even in cool weather.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE