Marathon in Hong Kong: Challenges and Health

Marathon in Hong Kong: Challenges and Health


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Marathon in Hong Kong: Challenges and Health by Ben Fong

The essays in this collection cover topics relating to the history of marathon running in Asia, such as the stories behind the cities that have hosted the marathon, what role gender difference plays in marathon sport performance, and the experience of organizing the race in Hong Kong. Concluding sections advise runners on the proper way to treat serious injuries and the best way to prepare for long-distance running. Contributors are chosen from a range of universities and are leading scholars, practitioners, and experts on sport.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789629964306
Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
Publication date: 06/04/2010
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ben Fong has served as an associate professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Jonathan Heung On Wai is senior officer of the Hong Kong Auxiliary Medical Service.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Foreword xiii

Biography of Contributors xv

I Introduction

1 History of the Marathon Chan Man Chung 5

The Greek Legend

The Olympics and the Marathon

The Modern Marathon

2 Issues of the Marathon: A Review Ben Fong 9


The Gender Issue

Environment, Climate, and Altitude

Medical Problems

Sudden Death in Sports

Fluid and Electrolytes



First Aid and Medical Services

Elite Runners

Training Programs

3 Marathon Races Across Asia Chan Man Chung Ben Fong 23



Lake Kawaguchi (Japan)


II Hong Kong Experience: 1997-2009

4 The Hong Kong Experience: 1997-2009 Wai Heung On Chan Man Chung 31

First-Aid Support

Scientific and Operational Issues

Current Trends

Potential Improvements

5 Marathon Media Coverage: Risk or Opportunity? Anthony Fung 41

Media and Publicity Implications

A Methodological Note

The Standard Chartered Marathon or the Hong Kong Marathon?

Increasing Popularity

Changing Concerns

Increased Risks

More Risks, More Opportunities

Conclusion: A Discourse on Health Consciousness

6 Marathon Running In Hong Kong-A Runner's Perspective Simon Yeung 51

The Hong Kong Marathon

Elite Runners and the International Arena

Marathon as a Community Sport

7 Elite Female Runners in Hong Kong Carina Li 59

A Survey Of Elite Female Runners in Hong Kong, 2007

The Female Athlete Triad

Gender Differences in Sports Performance

8 The Making of a Marathon Runner Ho Chung Ping 77

9 Review of Medical Encounters in the 2007 Hong Kong Marathon Ben Fong 87

10 Case Report: 28-Year-Old 10 km Runner Collapses Before Reaching Finish Line Szeto King Ho 99

11 Auxiliary Medical Service-Support and Deployment Marcus Fung James Shum 103

Allocation of Posts, Manpower, and Equipment

Other Considerations

12 Medical Case Studies from the Hong Kong Marathon Lam Kin Kwan Marcus Fung 115


First Aid Posts

Medical Tents at the Finish Line

Typical Cases Encountered during the Marathon


13 Evaluation of the 2007 AMS Sports Injuries Course Marcus Fung Wai Heung On Ben Fong 123

The AMS Sports Injuries Course: An Introduction

Evaluation of the 2007 AMS Sports Injuries Course

III Advice to Serious Runners

14 Potential Medical Problems in Marathon Runners Sia Yin-shan Jacky 135

Medical Problems

15 Sudden Cardiovascular Death in Marathons John T. Wong 147

The Benefits and Risks of Exercise

The Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

Causes of Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

The Role of Preparticipation Screening

16 Nutrition for Marathon Runners Daphne Wu 167

Nutrition Overview

Nutrition for Daily Use

Nutritional Needs for Competition

Eating for Race Preparation

Eating for the Run

Eating for Recovery

17 Fluid Replacement and Hyponatremia for Athletes Stephen H.S. Wong John O'Reilly 193

Hydration Before Exercise

Fluid Replacement During Exercise

Rehydration After Exercise

Hyponatremia in Athletes

18 Motivation and Psychological Preparation for Marathons Johan Ng Chris Lonsdale 209

Motivation Theories

Enhancing Motivation

19 Marathon Training Chan Kwok-Ki 227

Basic Principles of Training

Elements of Training

Exercise Intensity

Training Programme Design


Programme Monitoring

20 Injuries in Marathon Running Albert Lit 239

Types of Marathon Injuries

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Skin Injuries

Heat-Related Injuries

Death Associated with Marathon Running

21 Sports Injuries Encountered during Marathon Preparations Yung Shu-Hang Patrick 251

After an Injury, What to Do Next?

Commonly Encountered Musculoskeletal Injuries in Marathon Training

Overuse Injuries of the Foot and Ankle

Lower Leg Injuries

Knee and Hip Injuries

22 Physiotherapy For Marathon Runners Elton Ng 267

Three Most Common Injuries among Marathon Runners

Running Shoe Advice

Running Posture and Injury

IV The Way Ahead Ben Fong Wai Heung On 301

Preparation for the Hong Kong Marathon

Training and Education of Runners



Listening to the Experts

Medical Supports

Bibliography 309

Appendix 315

Acknowledgments 319

Index 320

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