Is It OK To Run Through Pain?

Forty-four runners participated in a study that closely observed their bodies for thousands of miles.

According a recent study that involved a 45-ton mobile MRI machine that accompanied runners for 2,800 miles, it may be physiologically possible to run through pain. Doctor Uwe Schutz, a specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery at the University Hospital of Ulm in Germany agrees. “The rule that if there is pain, you should stop running¬†is not always correct,” he says, pointing out that muscle-inflammation-induced pain may be ok to run through without the risk of further tissue damage.

The pain not to run through, according to Doctor Schutz, is the kind associated with a stress fracture. He notes that you may be at risk for further damage in that case.

In the MRI-based study, researchers collected large amounts of unique data about how endurance running affects the body’s muscle tissue and fat.

The 2,800-mile race used in the study was the 2009 Trans-Europe Foot Race. In that event, the runners lost about 11 pounds of fat and 2.5 pounds of muscle.

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