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Does running really wreck your knees?

By Gretchen Reynolds

19 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

In two studies, scientists and surgeons have found that long-distance running doesn't adversely impact the knees. On the contrary, it makes them robust for most runners without any arthritis history.

Almost all runners, whether veterans or newcomers, poky or fleet, youthful or antique, share one bond. Someone soon will warn us that we are ruining our knees.

"A lot of people think that running is bad" for knees and other joints, said Jean-Francois Esculier, a clinical professor of physical therapy at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, who studies running.

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