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Can marathon running improve knee damage of middle-aged adults?

Can marathon running improve knee damage of middle-aged adults?

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A really fascinating read from Horga et al (2019) for all our running patients out there…

 

82 healthy adults participating in their first marathon underwent an MRI of both knees 6 months before and half a month after the marathon: 71 completed both the 4 month-long standardised training programme and the marathon; and 11 dropped-out during training and did not run the marathon. Two senior musculoskeletal radiologists graded the internal knee structures using validated scoring systems. Participants completed Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score questionnaires at each visit for self-reporting knee function.

And their conclusion:

Improvement to damaged subchondral bone of the tibial and femoral condyles was found following the marathon in novice runners, as well as worsening of the patella cartilage although asymptomatic. This is the most robust evidence to link marathon running with knee joint health and provides important information for those seeking to understand the link between long distance running and osteoarthritis of the main weight-bearing areas of the knee.

Read more through the link ..

Horga LMHenckel JFotiadou A, et al
Can marathon running improve knee damage of middle-aged adults? A prospective cohort study

https://bmjopensem.bmj.com/content/5/1/e000586?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bmjosem&utm_content=latest&utm_term=22102019

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