major misconception for both young and old athletes is that running on a
soft surface is better for your limbs than exercising on sturdy ground.
However, according to Dr. Tanaka and many experts he questioned, there
is no actual proof that a softer surface is advantageous to runners. So
why do so many athletes believe that running on grass, sand or dirt is
better than running on asphalt?
Opposing the idea of running on hard ground, Dr. Warden stated an
interesting example to express his point. He said that when jumping from
a high surface to the floor, we are bound to bend our knees to cushion
the fall. However, when jumping on a trampoline, we tend to keep our
legs stiff and straight. Just because it doesn’t hurt our legs to jump
repeatedly on a trampoline, that doesn’t mean we aren’t causing stress
to our knee joints. Consider taking Dr. Warden’s advice and protect your
limbs by switching up your running surfaces and constantly making sure
that your shoes support your body weight.
BY KARA GELBER ON 7/28/2011 7:00:00 AM
POSTED IN health, fitness