This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions patellofemoral pain syndrome, exertional lower leg pain
Treatment physical training program to prevent injuries
Sponsor Amager Hospital
Start date December 2004
End date March 2006
Trial size 900 participants
Trial identifier NCT00348647, 2003-1-62


Overuse injuries are a major concern for physical active individuals. Study hypothesis is that an exercise programme based on known intrinsic risk factors can prevent overuse injuries in soldiers undergoing basic military training.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double-blind
Primary purpose prevention

Primary Outcomes

reduction in anterior knee pain
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reduction in shin pain
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Secondary Outcomes

reduktion in overuse injuries
time frame:
physical performance
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Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Basic military training in the Royal Danish Guards. - Passed military medical board. Exclusion Criteria: - Injury before start of intervention

Additional Information

Official title Can Lower Extremity Overuse Injuries Be Prevented by an Exercise Program Aiming at Muscular Strength, Flexibility and Coordination – a RCT
Principal investigator Christoffer Brushoj, MD
Description PURPOSE: Overuse injuries are a major concern for physical active individuals engaged in endurance type activities. This is especially true for soldiers during basic military training or subjects with a sedentary lifestyle taking up exercise to prevent disease, as they are vulnerable for sustaining an overuse injury. Contradictory to traumatic injuries, little is known about the prevention of overuse injuries using a training program. This study evaluates the preventive effect of a training program based on known intrinsic risk factors for the occurrence of anterior knee pain and shin pain in soldiers undergoing basic military training. We also evaluate the effect on physical performance. METHODS: From December 2004 – March 2006 1000 soldiers undergoing basic military training divided into 24 platoons are cluster randomised into a prevention-training (PRE) group or a placebo-training (PLA) group. The PRE group will perform exercises based on known intrinsic risk factors namely strength, flexibility and coordination of the lower extremity, while the PLA group will perform exercises for the upper body. Both programmes consists of 5 exercises and will be performed 3 times a week during a 12 weeks period. All subjects will prospectively be examined by the same observer, who will be blinded to the allocation. OUTCOME: primary outcome: reduction in anterior knee pain and shin pain.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in July 2006.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Amager Hospital.