RUNSAFE is a Danish research group investigating the causes of running-related injuries using the philosophy: research with runners, for runners. Our vision is to promote recreational endurance exercise (e.g. running, cycling) as an accessible, effective and safe intervention to improve physical and mental health and quality of life in all populations. Our mission is to provide scientific evidence for initiatives that ensure adherence to exercise in different populations by shedding light on barriers for maintained exercise (e.g. lack of motivation, emotional stress) and dangers of excessive exercise (e.g. exercise addiction, eating disorders, musculoskeletal injuries).

Read more about us here: Runsafe - Aarhus University


Who are the RUNSAFE researchers?


RUNSAFE consists of a multidisciplinary group of researchers from throughout Denmark who specialize in their specific fields of running-related injury research. The researchers include professors, associate professors, postdocs, Ph.D. students, master’s students and bachelor’s students. In addition, RUNSAFE collaborates with running injury researchers from universities around the world, as we believe that multicultural viewpoints are essential to continuously being at the forefront of international running injury research. The following researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, will conduct the study and handle data for the “Garmin-RUNSAFE Running Health Study.”

- Rasmus Østergaard Nielsen, postdoctoral researcher, Ph.D. (responsible for the study)
- Søren Kjærgaard, associate professor, Ph.D. (leader of RUNSAFE)
- Erik Parner, professor in biostatistics, Ph.D.
- Sten Rasmussen, associate professor, MD, Ph.D.

In addition, bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. students enrolled at Aarhus University — as well as other researchers, technical engineers and software developers employed by Aarhus University — handle and analyze your data.

Independent research


All RUNSAFE researchers certify that they have NO affiliations with or involvement in any organization or entity, including Garmin, with any financial interest (such as honoraria; educational grants; participation in speakers bureaus; membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership or other equity interest; and expert testimony or patent licensing arrangements) or nonfinancial interest (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs) in relation to the “Garmin-RUNSAFE Running Health Study.”

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