Tagged: biomechanics

Will running on hard surfaces increase my risk of injuries?

The conventional wisdom is deeply entrenched: constant pounding on hard surfaces will beat up your legs and lead to injury. But proving this has turned out to be remarkably tricky—in fact, a growing number of studies suggest that, despite our intuition, we’re able to automatically adjust our running stride so that hard and soft surfaces administer roughly the same shock to the body. Instead, researchers suspect that the crucial difference between running surfaces may be how smooth or uneven they are.