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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the study population

From: The influence of long distance running on sonographic joint and tendon pathology: results from a prospective study with marathon runners

  Male female total Male female total Male female total
participants (%) 70 (66.7) 35 (33.3) 105 (100)
participants marathon distance (%) 47 (44.8) 14 (13.3) 61 (58.1)
participants halfmarathon distance (%) 23 (21.9) 21 (20.0) 44 (41.9)
age* (yrs) 36.4 ± 12.7 35.7 ± 10.7 36.2 ± 12.0
height* (cm) 180 ± 7 169 ± 7 177 ± 9
weight* (kg) 76.0 ± 9.0 61.6 ± 6.5 71.2 ± 10.7
BMI* (kg/m2) 23.2 ± 2.1 21.4 ± 1.7 22.6 ± 2.1
marathon finishing time* (min) 224 ± 28 263 ± 34 233 ± 34
halfmarathon finishing time* (min) 119 ± 17 127 ± 18 123 ± 18
prior marathon participations* 5.3 ± 6.9 3.5 ± 4.9 4.7 ± 6.4
weekly training distance (%)
  < 25 km 16 (22.9) 7 (20.0) 23 (21.9)
 25 – 50 km 35 (50.0) 20 (57.1) 55 (52.4)
  > 50 km 19 (27.1) 8 (22.8) 27 (25.7)
running experience* (yrs) 8.3 ± 7.4 7.1 ± 6.8 7.9 ± 7.3
  1. (* = mean values with standard deviations, otherwise absolute numbers with percentages in parentheses are given. yrs = years)