Marathon runners wanted for Leeds Beckett research project

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Leeds academics have launched a study exploring whether perfectionism among marathon runners leads to them developing more injuries.

Dr Gareth Jowett from Leeds Beckett University will lead the project after figures revealed that as many as 92 per cent of long-distance athletes are likely to pick up an injury each year.

The group will look at whether personality traits such as denial and self-blame lead to an increased incidence of developing and recurring injuries.

They also hope to gain an understanding of runners’ coping strategies when out of action, and whether perfectionism influences this process.

Dr Jowett, who lectures in the School of Sport, said:-

“We know that runners have different ways of dealing with injury. These include using humour, relying on emotional support, as well as denial and self-blaming. In this study we are interested in examining whether perfectionism is associated with the different coping strategies that marathon runners employ when injured.”

To take part in the research study, marathon runners are asked to fill in a short questionnaire at