“Running is so bad for your knees!” FALSE!
A recent study in Arthritis Care & Research looked at 2637 participants, mean age 64.3 (SD 8.9) years. They rated pain, radiographic osteoarthritis, and symptomatic osteoarthritis for those prior runners and current runners compared to those who never ran. They found NO increased risk of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis among runners compared with non-runners in a cohort recruited from the community.
The verdict: running does not cause knee osteoarthritis!
Arthritis Care & Research DOI 10.1002/acr.22939. History of Running is Not Associated with Higher Risk of Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis: A Cross-Sectional Study from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Lo et al.