Run­ning Is A Joint Ef­fort

How to keep your hips, knees, and an­kles run­ning strong

Runner's World (UK) - - IN THS ISSUE -

How to keep your body in top form in the very long run

LET'S BE CLEAR: run­ning won’t ruin your knees. ‘Three large stud­ies show longterm en­durance run­ning doesn’t seem to dam­age joint health,’ says Richard Willy, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of phys­i­cal ther­apy at East Carolina Univer­sity, US.

In fact, run­ners may have health­ier joints than in­ac­tive peo­ple, says Max R Pa­que­tte, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of biome­chan­ics at the Univer­sity of Mem­phis, US. Run­ning strength­ens bone and mus­cle, and it’s thought it may do the same for car­ti­lage, which cush­ions joints. And strong mus­cles – built by run­ning and strength­train­ing (see p91) – sup­port joints, so they are less vul­ner­a­ble to in­jury.

But there’s a con­di­tion called ‘run­ner’s knee’ for a rea­son. Patellofemoral pain (knee pain) is the most re­ported in­jury in the sport. Hip, an­kle and foot injuries hap­pen, too, not be­cause some­one is run­ning – but be­cause he or she is run­ning with poor form or mus­cle im­bal­ances (see p90). Tak­ing steps to min­imise the risk can keep you run­ning into your golden years.

Knee pain is a com­mon prob­lem in the UK pop­u­la­tion. Run­ning it­self isn’t to blame – al­though run­ning in­cor­rectly can be.

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