Health Check: A Recommendation – Compiled by German Road Races

In 2007, more runners, both young and old, died during the shorter running events in Germany than during the marathons. German Road Races, on behalf of the German running event organisers, thus has created a catalogue of heath questions, and recommends that all of the GRR members ask that before a runner competes, he should carefully read and closely adhere to the advice provided, in order to prevent further deaths from occurring.

If done correctly, endurance sports can prove to be an optimal method for maintaining health and performance throughout ones life. Do you wish to compete in a long-distance endurance event (5 km to 10 km, half marathon, marathon, or longer)? In order for you to have an optimal start to your physical activities and to avoid health risks to the greatest extent possible, we would like to ask you to fill out the GRR questionnaire honestly and to the best of your ability. Should you have answered any questions with yes, we strongly recommend that you undergo a cardiological examination before initiating any regular training or competitive activities.
Please note that the amount of training you do plays a key role in your level of fitness and is also essential for your state of health. Should you plan on competing in a half-marathon, for example, you should plan and train accordingly for at least 1 ½ to 2 years.

We expect you to demonstrate a great degree of self-responsibility. Do not play games with your health, but rather treasure it and take great care of it.

GRR catalogue of questions for the Health Check*:

  • Has your doctor ever warned you that you have “heart issues” or that you should only be physically active or do sports under medical supervision?

  • Are you overweight or underweight?

  • Is your girth over 88 cm (for women) or 102 cm (for men)?

  • Are you over 35 and have not been physically active for a longer period of time?

  • During blood pressure monitoring, have you ever recorded high blood pressure?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with high cholesterol?

  • Do you smoke or have you smoked extensively in the past?

  • Has anyone in your direct family ever suffered from high blood pressure, calcification of the coronary blood vessels/heart attack, blood sugar disease, or stroke?

  • Do you have diabetes?

  • In the past few months, have you had the sensation of a ‘racing heart’, problems breathing, or chest pains, whether while at rest or during athletic activity?

  • Are you taking any medications for high blood pressure, heart or breathing conditions?

  • Do you ever feel dizzy or pass out, whether at rest or during physical activity?

  • Do you have any problems with your musculoskeletal system, which worsen during physical activity?

* Compiled according to the current views of leading doctors and sports medical institutes in Germany


Your health is in our heart!
To support you in getting off to an optimal start to your physical activity and to prevent any possible health risk we kindly ask you to carefully fill in the health questionnaire below developed by GermanRoadRaces. The German Sports University Cologne scientifically documents the data. You will receive the results of the evaluation of your data at the end of the questionnaire.

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