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Is jogging harmful? I believe the constant pounding involved in jogging will cause...

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 3, 2013 at 6:46 PM via web

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Is jogging harmful?

I believe the constant pounding involved in jogging will cause osteopathic problems for many people when they get older. I suspect it is especially bad for women because they have lighter bones. I would like to hear other people's opinions, experiences, observations.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM (Answer #1)

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I absolutely believe the pounding taken by the knees and hips results in problems later.  Good, really good, shoes help when walking or jogging, but not enough to forestall problems.  I am now at the point where I am no longer allowed to use even a treadmill because of the hard surface.  I've had ankle surgery, knee replacement, foot problems and hip issues.  I do hope those jogging understand the future will depend on how careful they are now.

 

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 5, 2013 at 9:18 PM (Answer #2)

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I absolutely believe the pounding taken by the knees and hips results in problems later.  Good, really good, shoes help when walking or jogging, but not enough to forestall problems.  I am now at the point where I am no longer allowed to use even a treadmill because of the hard surface.  I've had ankle surgery, knee replacement, foot problems and hip issues.  I do hope those jogging understand the future will depend on how careful they are now.

Thank you for your response. That is exactly the kind of corroboration I was looking for. I have a friend who was a professor of medicine at UCLA and specialized in rheumatology. I asked him what he thought of jogging, and he said that joggers are going to make a lot of money for osteopathic surgeons down the line.

I hope to get more answers to my query. I especially hate to see young women women taking up jogging, because I feel pretty sure that they are more susceptible to the types of injuries they have suffered. I suspect that a lot of women take up jogging, not for the cardiovascular/aerobic benefits, but because they hope to improve their figures. And I don't think jogging really helps much.

I have noticed that most joggers are in a certain age range. You see very few men or women joggers who appear to be in their forties or older.

 

 

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