The effect of running on knee joint cartilage

Is it harmful or beneficial for knee joint cartilage?

Running has a beneficial effect on cartilage nutrition and metabolic exchanges in knee cartilage tissue. Although cartilage thickness also appears to decrease temporarily, this decrease is not greater than what is seen during walking. This effect in thickness is not affected by age or running time. These are findings from a recent review, which consequently concluded that running seems to have a general positive effect on knee cartilage. 


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