Running Faster May Decrease The Chances Of You Having Knee Pains After Running: Study

Contrary to belief, increasing your speed while running might increase the chances of you not having knee pains after running, a new study that had its findings published in the Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy journal suggests.

The study, which had a number of participants who took part in a 1,000 meter race, revealed that, while running faster runners tend to put more stress on their knees, but they tend to do this for a short period of time because they use fewer strides to cover the 1,000 meter distance and therefore, the impact that running faster will have on their knees is actually less if compared to those who run slowly. 

According to the study, the knee is subjected to lots of force when one runs slowly. 

“The cumulative load at the knee was significantly higher at a slow running speed than at a high running speed (relative different, 80 percent),” the study suggests. 

From the study, we can be able to conclude that a runner’s efficiency in strides as well as strikes is important in ensuring that they will not have knee pains after running. So when increasing your speed you should also increase your strides so as to ensure that your knees is not put through a lot of stress or force while running. 

So there you have it, running faster, contrary to what people actually say and belief can actually help in you not having knee pains after a run. 


Posted by Carol Bennet 7/3/15

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