to age without injuries

How older runners are killing the game

Injuries are not fun, and neither is aging, but the two don’t always go hand in hand. Canadian physiotherapists argue that whether you’re fresh out of school or newly retired, age does not necessarily determine your running injury status. In fact, these physiotherapists have found older runners outperforming newcomers to the sport, and here’s why
Waldo Cheung, a physiotherapist at Québec Canada, says as much as 80 per cent of injured runners can have their injuries attributed to training errors. He explains that since the advent of running watches, many new runners have mistakenly overdone it by following their watch’s training schedule rather than listening to their bodies. Older more experienced runners who may have run for many years, Cheung says, tend to stick to what they know, which usually isn’t technology. Instead, they deload (i.e., take a short, planned break from high intensities and volume) from time to time, allowing their bodies to recover between training builds.

Movement as medicine

An old stereotype observed by physiotherapists is that running into your old age can lead to knee osteoarthritis (the result of wear and tear and progressive loss of cartilage). In reality, the prevalence of knee osteoarthritis in recreational runners is three times less than in sedentary non-runners. Greg Cugnet, physiotherapist, has found that older people, even those with knee osteoarthritis, improve their knees by running because they continue to build muscle. Younger runners who sign up for a race and take long breaks between training, Cugnet says, are at a much greater risk for knee injuries.
Our bodies are very capable of adapting to change and telling us what they can do. But when we do too much, too soon, that’s when injuries happen—regardless of age.

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