A new mobile site has been developed to make it easier and faster to access the TIPPS application on a mobile device. You can access the new mobile TIPPS with your smartphone or tablet by browsing to the following address: app.tipps.lu.
With the new mobile page you can upload and view your sports sessions, injuries, pains, illnesses and rest periods directly from your phone or tablet, as well as analysing your activity statistics.
The personal injury risk indicators are now always at sight on the right-hand side panel of the TIPPS application. Green, yellow or red dots help you monitor the number of sessions at high intensity, consecutive days without rest, repetitive pains, current and recurrent injuries, participation in competition while injured and concussions. Keep an eye on them to make sure you are not putting yourself at increased risk of injury or health problems.
Aware of the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle, we implemented a new health index in TIPPS to function as an activity monitor. Scientific evidence has shown that regular physical activity helps to maintain or improve the overall fitness and health, and reduces the risk for many chronic diseases. The new gauge at the right-hand side panel indicates your ranking according to the international scientific recommendations for health-related physical activity. Your score is calculated based on the volume and the intensity of your physical activity sessions over the previous 7 days. International guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activities per week to maintain your health status. For additional health benefits, adults should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or engage in 150 weekly minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. Furthermore, muscle-strengthening activities involving major muscle groups should be done on 2 or more days of the week.
Running Related Injuries Studies
In 2014 and 2015, the Laboratory of Sports Medicine Research conducted 2 prospective studies (randomized, double-blinded trials) on the impact of footwear in the occurrence of injuries related to running. For each study, participants were asked to wear the shoes provided by the laboratory over a period of 6 months.
The first study aimed to determine if shoes equipped with an anti-pronation system limit the risk of injuries, and if this effect depended on the foot morphology of the runners. A total of 423 participants volunteered for the study and received either a pair of neutral shoes or a pair of anti-pronation shoes.
The second study was designed to investigate the impact of the inclination of the shoe (difference in height between the heel and the forefoot) on the risk of injury and the running technique. About 600 volunteers received a pair of running shoes with a difference in height of 10 mm, 6 mm or 0 mm. In addition, 60 of these volunteers performed a running test on a treadmill before and after the intervention to determine the impact of the received shoe model on running technique.
The analyses are still ongoing, but initial results look very interesting and should better direct the runner’s choice of shoes in order to prevent the occurrence of running related injuries. The results of these two studies will be presented on the website www.TIPPS.lu and in a future newsletter.
The LRMS team wishes to thank the around 1.000 participants who took part in these studies, and without whom we could not carry out such research projects.
PhD Defence on Running Related Injuries
You are invited to the public PhD defence of Robert Mann on Monday, July 6th 2015 at 14:00 in Maastricht, Netherlands (University Aula, Minderbroedersberg 4, 66211). Robert's PhD thesis focuses on the research that has been done over the past years on running related injuries at the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory. Please find a short description of his work below:
Running-related injuries affect about 50% of runners every year. Our running style could be a contributing factor to the occurrence of these overuse injuries. We used a pressure insole device to observe the effect of speed on running style, to compare the running style of previously injured and uninjured recreational runners, and to observe the effect of minimalistic vs conventional running shoes. We also assessed the variability of running style from one stride to the other and its possible link to running injuries. Our prospective follow-up of runners identified using multiple pairs of running shoes simultaneously and practicing other sports besides running as protective against sustaining an overuse injury.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive impact of regular physical exercise in the management of a range of chronic diseases. Thus, physical activity can truly be considered a (very cost-effective) medication. Therefore, the project "Sport-Santé" was called into life by the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory, with the support of the Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte. The aim of this project is to promote the participation of certain patient groups in dedicated therapeutic physical activities organised in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Detailed information can be found on the website www.sport-sante.lu. In case of further questions, we would be delighted to welcome you this Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the Sport-Santé booth at the Health Festival in Dudelange.