Keep hearing stories!
Virtually every time running is mentioned in converstion some bright spark brings up a story about someone they know who ended up with wrecked knees from running.
Is this a real possibility or are these just urban legends?
Is it that damaging and if so, why, I really enjoy it and hate the thought of having to stop at some point because I've worn myself out???
You body adapts to specific demands placed upon it. The SAID Principles - Specific Adaptation to Impossed Demands.
If you went to work in a rice field your back would be shot in a matter of minutes. If you do too much running too soon it's possible a part of your knees could become damaged, or any other part of your body for that matter.
A gradual sensible build up of running should incur no damage to your body whatsoever.
I started runningas an obese female
Ive done nearly 70 marathons in 5 years
I do about 40 mpw
Im still overweight
i have proper shoes
and to those who go on about knees
I've been running continuously (well more or less) for 11 years and my knees are OK.
I used to get this wickedness and deception from my then boss, an unrepentant smoker. His wife was a physiotherapist. He used to tell me I'd be her next patient. I got fed up with this abuse and told him that he'd be the heart department's next patient. He didn't say anything more after that.
I think it can exacerbate sittyations that you may already have.
On the other hand it can make you STRONG and prevent problems.
So, my conclusion is.... I have no idea.
But some folk will use any excuse not to get off their heiney and that might have summat to do with it.
just to let you know the numbers
was 11 stone 9
5 2 (and a bit)
bit lighter these dyas -sod all to do nwith running-but no knee issues at all
I was OBESE-and am still overweight now
I run anyway
This is something that has concerned me. I didn't want to start doing any activity that was likely to cause me long term problems, so I've looked round on the internet. I read some research, sorry can't remember where, that concluded that runners are less likely to suffer painful knees than the rest of the population. Perhaps the benefits become more obvious as you get older and while the rest of the population is getting older and more decrepit, perhaps the ones who are fitter have developed stronger joints. Also read another bit of research that said that runners are no more likely to get arthritis than the rest of the population. There's quite a bit of information on the internet if you google it. It seems that injury, rather than any degenerative process, is the main thing to guard against. Runners seem to be quite susceptible to injury though so I've just ordered a book called 'injury-free running'. Will let you know what it's like if you want.
Its footy and rugby that does your knees in
I'm waiting for an arthroscopy for my b*ggered knee.
It wasn't caused by running, it was caused by running incorrectly. I would rather have a b*ggered knee than a b*ggered heart, or diabetes, or a stroke. The knee will be made better, I shall build up the muscles that need building up and I will learn how to run downhill properly (quite important when you live in the Chilterns).
My (much loved) sister was first among the 'oooo you don't wanna do that, you'll ruin your knees' brigade when I started running a few years ago. Her current smugness is tempered by the fact that she's still nearly 13 stone and I'm ... not.
I read a study (sorry I can't remember where) which concluded that runners are less likely to suffer joint problems like arthritis and osteoporosis but more likely to have muscle/tendon injuries. Personally I'd rather risk tendonitis than arthritis!
And if we're talking anecdotal evidence, I was at a race on the weekend where an 85 year old was taking part (and did 8K in 51:24 on a hilly cross country course!) and it didn't seem to have ruined his knees!
i've met oads of ex-pros over the years and the majority of them can barely walk now. it takes them about an hour to warm up. still i'd sacrifice it to say i won a league title of champions league medal. hansen has 3 of them! was it worth it? yes it was!
This question is dealt with by Prof Tim Noakes in his 'Lore of Running', and his 10th law of running injuries states There is no definitive scientific evidence that running causes osteoarthritis in runners whose knees were normal when they started running. This last bit is key: running can certainly aggravate problems or bring out underlying problems to the surface, but as an activity running is something that our anatomy appears to deal with pretty well, and has done so for several tens of thousands of years (and for most of that time without Gel, Air, Footbridges, Trusstic, Abzorb, Grid etc etc)!!
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