27 Mar '16, 4pm

Does landing "hard" when you run increase your injury risk?

So what was the verdict? Well, that depends on how you slice it. The most straightforward analysis is to simply compare the runners who got injured with those who didn’t. Of the 249 female recreational runners in the study, 144 suffered injuries during the two-year follow-up period. On average, there were no differences between the two groups: they were pretty much the same average age, ran similar mileage (117 miles per month in the injured group, 107 in the uninjured group, a statistically insignificant difference), and had no differences in their vertical impact parameters. But that’s not where the paper stops. Instead, the analysis subdivides the groups further, focusing on the injured runners who consulted a health professional about their injury, and comparing them to the small group (21 women) of uninjured runners who reported that they’d never experienced a running...

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