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Older People Get Hurt When They Run

Running is not a very safe sport for older people. When you run, your foot strikes the ground with a force equal to three times your body weight. Put your hands over the muscles in front of your upper leg, while you run in place. As your foot hits the ground, you will feel your muscles shaking like jelly. This sudden jarring that occurs when your foot hits the ground causes the muscles to stretch while they contract, which causes minute tears in the muscle fibers, to increase your chances of injuring yourself.

When you pedal a bicycle, put your hands in the same place. You will feel that the smooth rotary motion of pedaling causes no jarring or shaking. Pedaling is far less likely to injure you than running and you can recover much faster from pedaling.

checked 8/9/08

May 12th, 2013
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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