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School of Health Sciences


Exercise Science: Therapeutic


Running and Osteoarthritis, Running, Osteoarthritis, Joint Health


Biomechanics | Exercise Science | Musculoskeletal System | Physical Therapy | Tissues


Osteoarthritis is a prominent and debilitating form of joint disease characterized by pain and deterioration of the articular cartilage and other tissues in the affected joint. Research has identified a variety of risk factors for osteoarthritis, including age, obesity, gender, previous injury, and occupation. The relationship between running and osteoarthritis is a topic of particular interest because of the prevalence of running as a simple and physiologically beneficial form of exercise. Increasing evidence suggests that recreational running has at worst no effect and at best a protective effect on joint and articular cartilage health in contrast to high-intensity professional/elite-level running and sedentary behaviors which are characterized by a relatively higher risk of osteoarthritis.