Get Up and Running
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.