Marathoners need not fear sudden death – but bunions are another story
Hardcore athletes often endure a number of conditions resulting from pushing their bodies to the limit – from overuse deformities like bunions to cardiovascular problems.
However, a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University reveals that marathoners may be able to focus more on treating foot pain than more serious issues, as the risk of death following a 26.2-mile race is low. Specifically, they found that the chances of dying after running a marathon are 0.75 in 100,000.
“It’s very dramatic when someone dies on the course, but it’s not common,” said lead author Julius Cuong Pham, M.D., Ph.D.
The researchers noted that there were 28 deaths reported between 2000 and 2009 that occurred within 24 hours of running a marathon, and that most of these individuals were men and about half were over the age of 45.
Runners who are considering participating in a marathon should consult with their healthcare provider to be sure that they are in good health. Additionally, it may be a good idea to address foot problems like bunions, hammer toe or fallen arches before a marathon to reduce the risk of injury.