28 Nov '15, 1am

Q: Will running ruin runners' knees? A:

Most recently, Sweat Science columnist Alex Hutchinson wrote about a large study following thousands of patients and their risk of developing knee osteoarthritis as they aged. The results showed the runners—over various stages of life—were less likely to develop arthritis than nonrunners. The journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise also published the results of another large study conducted on the topic of knees and running. The conclusions were similar: not only did running not increase the risk of osteoarthritis in the knee joint, but this study revealed that runners had half the incidence of knee osteoarthritis when compared to walkers. The high impact of running, that some believed was harmful, can actually make the knee joint stronger by thickening the cartilage. The impact also stimulates bone growth, making the joint stronger, and strengthens the muscles aro...

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