Fitness & Health, Sport & Exercise Science, Sports Medicine

Higher mileage runners may have lower incidence of knee injuries

Runners KneeNew research in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics suggests that body coordination differs between lower and higher mileage / more experienced runners.

These findings could explain the higher coincidence of overuse knee injuries for lower mileage / less experienced runners.

Results of a recent study showed that pelvic rotation, hip rotation, and knee abduction and adduction angles varied between a low-mileage (less than 15 miles/week) running group and a high-mileage (more than 20 miles/week with at least one year of experience) group.

The relationship between runners’ experience levels and running mechanics is not well understood currently.

This and other studies may go far in understanding relative injury risk in runners, especially knee injuries, which are the most frequent types of injuries in runners.

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