|by Kate Marconi, PT|
So will running ruin your knees? A study by Lo et al. (2018) looked into just that, following individuals over the age of 50 with current osteoarthritis in their knees. Their findings were clear: through over 48 months of regular running, none of the individuals had worsening osteoarthritis, increased knee pain, or new onset of knee pain.
Here's what we do know about injury prevention in running:
- There is a significant correlation between glute medius weakness and knee pain in runners (Wilson et al. 2011) (Dierks et al. 2008)
- Running 1-3 times per week with cross training has less incidence of injury and an equal cardiovascular benefit as those that run 5 times per week (Yeung et al. 2001)
- Stretching and proper shoes had less of an effect on injury prevention compared to strengthening and adjustment of training schedule (Yeung et al. 2001)