Long Distance Running and Knee OA
Stretching versus Strengthening in the running population
Knee OA has been characterised as a clinical syndrome of joint pain accompanied by varying degrees of functional limitation and reduced quality of life.
Non Modifiable risk factors of development of knee OA are: Being women, previous joint injury such as a fracture and genetics. Modifiable risk factors are Obesity and Quadriceps weakness.
New research has been written identifying the lack of evidence to support the notion that stretching is the only tool that runners have to remain injury free, pain free and aiding recovery and warming to help aid performance.
Stretching can be helpful in regaining movement after an injury but the recent evidence has shown that stretching has very little impact on injury prevention.