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Sean Keegan
01-26-2000, 11:53 PM
Dan,

A bit of an older study, but may give you some ideas.

van Mechelen, W. (1992). Running Injuries. A review of the epidemiological literature. Sports Med., 14(5), 320-335.
Identifies research that found a relationship between harder surfaces and running injuries in women, but not men. Identifies other studies which show no relationship. Does not specify distance.

As a runner though, I can tell you that I would much rather be on dirt than roads!

Sean


Sean Keegan
Biomechanics Graduate Program
Asst. Coach Men's Track and Field
Ball State University

>>> Dan Cipriani 01/26/00 08:18AM >>>
I am looking for definitive evidence that distance running (5K plus) is more harmful on hard surfaces (concrete, roads) than on soft surfaces (dirt trails). It seems to be a common belief that the softer surface provides greater protection from forces...is it possible that the softer surface almost promotes greater motion in the lower extremity, requiring greater muscle effort? Any information would be greatly appreciated...this is a hotly debated topic in my kinesiology courses.

Thank you,

Dan Cipriani

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