With summer now over the fun runs around Perth are about to get into full swing. No doubt plenty of weekend runners will be dusting off the running shoes and looking to get into some serious training for the big event. Some will be doing their first fun run, whilst others will be seasoned competitors looking for a personal best.
The increase in numbers of people competing in triathlons, fun runs and cycling events grows each year and has also led to the inevitable question. Are we doing ourselves more harm than good by entering these endurance events? With several high profile deaths being reported in the media in the last few years I thought it would be worth visiting this question from a scientific perspective.