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How to beat Runner's Knee: The most common running injury is not what you think it is.

If reducing impact shock is an effective means of reducing the risk for PFPS, then switching to running shoes that reduce impact shock may also protect the knees. The problem is that research on the relationship between shoe cushioning and impact shock has produced muddled results. Some studies have found that impact forces are actually greater in running shoes with softer cushioning due to unconscious stride changes that are made in different shoes. However, it has been suggested that such counterintuitive results may have been caused by inadequate measurement techniques. At least one recent study provides evidence that added shoe cushioning reduces specific impact variables that are now seen as the best indicators of injury risk—namely, peaking loading rate (the abruptness of impact) and tibial acceleration rate (or the rate at which the lower leg approaches the ground)....

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