The popular belief may not be true
Adapted from WAToday.
Knee injuries are common across runners. In fact 79% of runners are injured in a given year. This leads to a popular belief that running is bad for our knees. However, a new study suggests otherwise. Running reduces inflammation markers and keeps the joints lubricated.
Here are what researchers and experts have to say about running and knees:
Bringham University Research
Regular exercise protects against degenerative joint disorders, yet the mechanisms that underlie these benefits are poorly understood.
Prof. Robert Hyldahl
A moderate amount of running is “not likely to harm healthy knees and probably offer protection”.
Dr Dominic Thewlis, University of South Australia
Based upon some of the other research [as well as this study] it shows running is not going to cause the damage as we may have once thought.
I believe the key message here is that run in moderation. Do not go full on running like a 10km every day. When there are days you need to literally take a step back, do so and give your body the chance to rest and recover.