Cumulative loads in the knee joint increase at slow-speed

How do knee joint loads change at different running speeds?

Patellofemoral pain, patellar tendinopathy and iliotibial band syndrome are common knee joint injuries amongst distance runners. We know that by reducing running speed, we will decrease the amount of load through the anterior knee with each stride. However, by decreasing the running speed we conversely increase the number of strides per minute. Therefore, the aim of the following study was to determine whether the cumulative load in the knee at a given running distance is increased when running speed is decreased.

 
 

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