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  • Writer's pictureJames McMurray

Is Running Bad For Your Knees?

The simple answer is no!

Watch the video below for the reason why running is GOOD for your knees!

Some people believe that running can increase your chance of getting arthritis in your knees, however this is a very dated opinion and has since been disproved by research over the past 20 years.

Running has a protective effect on developing osteoarthritis, and can actually reduce your chances of having osteoarthritis in the knees. It should be said however that (like with everything else) you can have too much of a good thing, international and professional runners were found to have a slightly increased risk of developing osteoarthritis by 3% compared to the normal population. The recreational runner however has a decreased risk of developing osteoarthritis by 7% (Alentorn-Geli 2017)

Thanks for watching!

James McMurray

Sport and Exercise Health Sciences BSc

Physiotherapy BSc


Alentorn-Geli E, Samuelsson K, Musahl V, Green CL, Bhandari M, Karlsson J. The Association of Recreational and Competitive Running With Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017 Jun;47(6):373-390. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2017.7137. Epub 2017 May 13. PMID: 28504066.

Timmins KA, Leech RD, Batt ME, Edwards KL. Running and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2017 May;45(6):1447-1457. doi: 10.1177/0363546516657531. Epub 2016 Aug 20. PMID: 27519678.

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