Get Up and Run­ning

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It seems hu­mans have evolved to be bet­ter run­ners through the mil­len­nia, so why is there such a high rate of in­juries among mod­ern-day run­ners? Sci­en­tists won­dered if it had less to do with hu­man phys­i­ol­ogy and more to do with the gait of in­di­vid­ual run­ners.

249 fe­male run­ners had their gaits watched and mea­sured, then recorded their miles and any run­ning-re­lated in­juries they sus­tained dur­ing the study. When the sci­en­tists com­pared the two groups, the in­jured group had much higher im­pact-re­lated mea­sure­ments than those who had not been in­jured. High im­pact run­ning is as­so­ci­ated with land­ing on the heel, rather than the ball of the foot, and is now linked to a higher rate of bone and soft-tis­sue in­juries.

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