“Running causes arthritis to your knee and hip joints”
I’m sure you heard this statement or a variation of it more than once.
But how much of it is truth and how much of it is pure urban myth?
Is there any real evidence behind this belief? Does running cause arthritis in knees and hips?
Over the years I have met many athletes and just ordinary people who are deeply convinced that even though running is an effective way of getting fit it also takes a toll on your knee and hip joints and sometimes even your spine. Some evidence does exist that professional soccer players have a higher risk of developing knee osteoarthritis after the end of their careers.
But the big question is – “Is it the running that is the main cause?”
Or perhaps other factors are at play here.
And most importantly if you are not a competitive, professional athlete and just do some running to keep fit and health – are you placing yourself at risk of knee or hip arthritis? Or not?
Let’s see what science has to say about it…
I have done some extensive research and found a number of clinical studies that give a reasonably one-sided answer.
Watch the video below to find out exactly what the most up-to-date research says on the subject.
After analysing the data from these studies I made this video by putting my findings into simple language.