PositiveMed

The Positive Side of Medicine

Myth about Running Injuries

Share This Post

Myth about Running Injuries

Have you heard that how your foot pronates, or rolls inward, as you land affects your injury risk? Pronate too much or too little, conventional wisdom tells us, and you’ll wind up hurt. Well, apparently we were wrong.

An article in the NYTimes by Gretchen Reynolds talks about some interesting results from a study of 1000 NON-runners who were given a pair of lightweight, neutral shoes and told to run for a year. They were asked to wear a GPS watch and report any injuries. The findings of the study imply that wearing a neutral shoe could actually be safer than wearing a shoe that professes to “help” your condition.
Pronation, of course, is natural and desirable during running. When your foot flattens and rolls inward as you strike the ground, that is, when it pronates, it absorbs some of the forces generated by the impact of landing, which can lead to a heightened risk of injuries to the leg or hip.

injuries

Everyone pronates in different ways, for example there is neutral pronation, over-pronation, severe over-pronation, under-pronation or severe under-pronation.
When runners choose their shoes based on their foot type, motion-control shoes, for instance, to reduce how much they pronate, they sustain injuries at the same rate or at higher rates than when they choose shoes at random, therefore supposedly deviant degrees of pronation may not in practice be abnormal and do not contribute to injuries, so comfort is likely to be a better guide to shoe choice than foot posture.

In fact it is more important to pay attention to things like body mass, training, behavior, age and previous injury in order to prevent running-related injuries.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/the-myth-of-pronation-and-running-injuries/
http://www.chiliving.com/blog/entry/danny-dreyer-responds-to-a-popular-myth-about-running-injuries/

More To Explore

6 Best Foods to Eat While Pregnant
guest blogs

6 Best Foods to Eat While Pregnant

6 Best Foods to Eat While Pregnant Now, when you’re pregnant, everyone everywhere will chastise you if you don’t take care of your body and

Stress

3 Ways to Eliminate Stress

3 Ways to Eliminate Stress Stress is a dangerous health problem because it takes its toll silently. The emotional effects of your stress are likely

all positive experiences

From the Blogs, What a Girl Eats

Author’s Note: This is a new feature interviewing bloggers we admire, if you think you or someone you know should be featured please let us

Scroll to Top