School of Health Sciences
Exercise Science: Therapeutic
Running and Osteoarthritis, Running, Osteoarthritis, Joint Health
Biomechanics | Exercise Science | Musculoskeletal System | Physical Therapy | Tissues
Hekman, Jordan, "The Effect of Running on the Onset and Development of Osteoarthritis" (2023). Senior Honors Theses. 1336.
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.