Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Outside Article: New study on running injuries. More likely caused by overdoing it than your run style or bio mechanics

Article by Sam Winebaum


It is likely is not your form or biomechanics but what you do or over do that causes injuries. I have horrendous form but thankfully have had very few injuries in over 45 years of running and every time from a rapid change in terrain, intensity, and or volume.

Alex Hutchinson in an article in Outside here and titled: " What Artificial Intelligence Says About Running Form" discusses a recent study by the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and the University of Calgary in Canada.

They crunched massive amounts of 3d biometrics data in an artificial intelligence system which used "unsupervised machine learning". The system came with 62 variables grouping the 290 runners into 5 groups of stride and strike type. No solid conclusions were reached as to what in the runners' bio mechanics and running styles may have caused the injuries of various types in the over 266 runners in the study who had reported injuries of various sorts.

Other researchers seeing this study said the following: "On Twitter, Rod Whiteley, a prominent physiotherapist at the Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital, floated the suggestion that each of us adapts to the idiosyncrasies of our own running style. Injury risk, in this view, comes from changes in your training load, rather than, say, the angle of your knee. That echoes retired University of Calgary biomechanist Benno Nigg’s take: 80 percent of running injuries, he used to say, result from training errors like increasing your mileage too quickly or not taking enough recovery."

So to stay away from injuries I say listen to your body if something is lurking leaving the 
"Training Plan" aside for a few, gradually increase volume and intensity, and even if in fabulous shape watch out when you suddenly change terrain type. Every injury I have had in 45 plus years of running was from a rapid change in terrain, most usually the change from running on softer snow to more pavement in spring


Sam Winebaum is the Editor and Founder of Road Trail Run. He is 62 with a 2018 3:40 Boston qualifier. Sam has been running for over 45 years and has a 2:28 marathon PR. These days he runs halves in the just sub 1:40 range training 30-40 miles per week mostly at moderate paces on the roads and trails of New Hampshire and Utah.

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2 comments:

Hshawjr said...

You know my story Sam, most of my injuries have been self-inflicted and most of the time are a result of too fast for the body's present conditioning and/or ability. Too much of that not wanting to accept age-related slowing down :-).

I read Hutchinson's article and while it was interesting, I tend to agree with you, listen to the body better and not attempt to do too much to quickly go a long way towards staying injury-free. However, many of us (like me) don't listen all that well, go to fast or too long too soon and pay the price.

Unknown said...

Can someone send this to Anton Krupicka?