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Published: February 23, 2017 12:00 AM

Running on a variety of surfaces instead of sticking to just one surface may help runners reduce their risk of injury. Officials with the USA Track and Field's Sports Medicine and Science Committee recommend that runners vary their runs so they run on pavement, trails and tracks.

Researchers do not believe one particular surface is better than another. In fact, while running on asphalt has long been assumed to increase injury risk, a 2008 study from researchers at the Hannover Medical School Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery in Germany found that running on asphalt surfaces decreased mid-portion tendinopathy risk while running on sand surfaces increased that risk tenfold.


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