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Feasibility of ‘parkrun’ for people with knee osteoarthritis: A mixed methods pilot study


Sutton, LP and Lahham, A and Jose, K and Moore, MN and Antony, B and Grunseit, A and Cleland, V and Balogun, S and Winzenberg, T and Jones, G and Aitken, D, Feasibility of parkrun' for people with knee osteoarthritis: A mixed methods pilot study, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Open, 4, (2) pp. 100269. ISSN 2665-9131 (2022) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ocarto.2022.100269




This uncontrolled mixed methods pilot study enrolled people with knee OA not meeting physical activity guidelines. Participants were asked to walk in four consecutive parkrun events supervised by an exercise physiologist/physiotherapist. Feasibility was assessed by recruitment data (numbers screened and time to enrol 15 participants), adherence to the protocol, acceptability (measured by confidence, enjoyment, difficulty ratings and qualitative interviews), and safety (adverse events). Secondary measures were changes in knee pain, function, stiffness, and physical activity levels.


Participants (n ​= ​17) were enrolled over 11 months and recruitment was slower than anticipated. Fourteen participants attended all four parkruns and three of these participants shortened the 5 ​km course to ∼3 ​km. Across all four parkruns, 75% of participants reported high confidence that they could complete the upcoming parkrun and the majority (87%) enjoyed participating. Most participants rated parkrun either "slightly difficult" (38.5%) or "moderately difficult" (35%) and two mild adverse events were reported. Participants showed improvements in knee pain, function, stiffness, and physical activity levels.


This pilot study demonstrates parkrun's feasibility, acceptability, safety and, its potential to improve knee OA symptoms and physical activity levels. Participating in parkrun was acceptable and enjoyable for some, but not all participants. The scalability, accessibility and wide appeal of parkrun supports the development of larger programs of research to evaluate the use of parkrun for people with knee OA.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:physical activity, exercise, knee pain,
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rheumatology and arthritis
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Community health care
UTAS Author:Sutton, LP (Miss Laura Sutton)
UTAS Author:Jose, K (Dr Kim Jose)
UTAS Author:Moore, MN (Mr Myles Moore)
UTAS Author:Antony, B (Dr Benny Eathakkattu Antony)
UTAS Author:Cleland, V (Associate Professor Verity Cleland)
UTAS Author:Winzenberg, T (Professor Tania Winzenberg)
UTAS Author:Jones, G (Professor Graeme Jones)
UTAS Author:Aitken, D (Associate Professor Dawn Aitken)
ID Code:151125
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-07-20
Last Modified:2022-09-08
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