A common assumption is that running for exercise can be detrimental to the knees. Those who are active seek to prevent the premature inflammation and wear of this joint. However, a recent small study found that in healthy runners aged 18-35, running for over 30 minutes on a treadmill actually produced an opposite affect. While the sample size was small, and only six runners received a complete follow-up immediately after their runs, each participant provided the same positive data. Analysis included a sample of blood and knee joint fluid to study the microscopic changes to the body. Future studies are expected to follow.
- In a recent study, researchers from Brigham Young University found that 30 minutes of running can lower inflammation in knee joints
- Despite the intriguing findings of this study, other research has found that long distance running wears joints down over time.
- One thing researchers do agree on is the fact that, when done in moderation, running carries more benefits than risks.
Running has a reputation for causing wear and tear on knees over time, leading to joint pain, arthritis or other injuries.