You know what, guys? Even a Houston-base running doctor can learn something new about the sport…and that just happened to me after reading an excerpt from Time Magazine’s Special Edition, The Science of Exercise.
Here are the three new running factoids I picked up after reading the article:
- Running could PREVENT injury: While so many of my patients are worried that their running regimens will leave them injured, a study in December 2016 actually found that 30 min of running actually lowered inflammation in runner’s knee joints! Of course the same can’t be said of longer training sessions but, still, the news is exciting!
- Running may be problematic for women: Women tend to have more running injuries than men, and Stephen Messier, director of the J.B. Snow Biomechanics Lab at Wake Forest University has made it his mission to figure out why. His current theories: women tend to have higher arches, point their toes more when running, tend towards heel strikes and have less hip and core strength as compared to male runners. Stay tuned for more updates on this front!
- Age doesn’t necessarily matter when you run: Dr. James O’Keefe, a cardiologist at St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, says that there’s no age at which running is no longer beneficial for you. Older runners just have to train differently, avoiding chronic long-distance training sessions in favor of shorter distances or even brisk walks.