This month’s issue had the following question. A topic that I love to discuss. Enjoy!
A friend has told me - more than once - that his doctor says many runners need knee replacements and that the sport isn’t good for you. His attitude frustrates me. What can I say to him? - Emily V., Plainsboro, NJ
In a game of your-word-against-someone’s-physician, the M.D. is always going to win. So, raise the stakes! See his, “my doc,” and raise him a “peer reviewed, long term, research and epidemiological study.” Cite the Stanford Medical School researchers who found that after 20 years, the knees of distance runners where actually healthier than those of a control group. Or this year’s American College of Sports Medicine findings that, overall, “physical activity (including running) is beneficial, rather than detrimental, to joint health.” For the full effect, roll up a copy of the ACSM report and whack him on the head with it. - Miles