Are Treadmill’s Easier To Run On?

By Drew Heideman, MPT, ATC, PES

The myth that a treadmill will “cushion the blow” of running is highly circulated. Is treadmill running really safer?

By: Drew Heideman, MPT, ATC, PES

When treadmill running, athletes tend to take shorter steps, and therefore take more steps per minute than when running on the ground. This is due to the propelling nature of a treadmill. Despite this, the downward force is not significantly smaller when treadmill running versus overground running. The downward force is the force that causes the “pounding” feeling in your joints when running. Because the downward force is not significantly different between the two, treadmill running is not significantly easier on your joints than overground running!

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