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Recreational Runners Leads to Knee Injuries:

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  • Jun 15, 2021

Recreational runners have to run a lot and so they automatically develop the risk of major leg injuries and as per different analysis, almost half of the recreational runners incur injuries. These injuries can be seen in different parts of the body like knees, calves, or achilles tendons. The level of risk automatically increases, irrespective of your age gender and running experience. Any normal sports person can make mistakes while exercising; it is the ultimate nature of human beings that they make mistakes without any obvious intentions. It does not mean that young runners make more mistakes; it all depends on the technique of running and the amount of precaution taken. These are some extraordinary findings of a thesis within sport science. A study was performed by doctoral student, Jonatan Jungmalm who recruited a little over 200 recreational potential runners and then they are highly monitored concerning their activities and time of running over a period of one year. To take part in this amazing study they have to complete a task and they had to have been running for at least a year. Runners having less time than this were not recruited for the study.

They should have a running average of at least 15 km/weak and there should be no injury for at least six months. This protocol should be followed by industry and hence the runners would be able to give data. The participants were very much fit and were aged between the years of 18-55. Over a period of 1 year, the recreational runners were filled in a training diary entering a lot of information about how far they can run without any pauses each day and in how much magnitude they feel pain.

Those who suffered sudden injury or felt pain for a prolonged period were examined by a sports doctor. A third of the participants were injured over the course of the study. “But if you also take account of the participants who dropped out of the study, it is reasonable to assume that almost half of all recreational runners injure themselves in a year” states Jonatan Jungmalm. He used a particular statistical method to calculate the proportion of injured runners, taking into account the rate of dropout that is common in studies based on voluntary participation.