Are Knees Really the Problem for Runners?

Christopher Connelly, Sacred Heart University


Even though the knee is the most frequently injured area of the body in runners, the problem usually doesn’t originate at the knee. Often times the hip can be the cause but the ankle shouldn’t be overlooked, especially with high mileage runners and runners that are getting older, the ankle can be the main culprit. This supports the importance of strength training in runners, with some specific attention to the ankle and maintaining its level of force production and power. This will help the ankle provide the necessary propulsive forces, stability and economy needed to keep running and stay healthy.