Medical myth about the effects of running

Jogging contribute to the deterioration of the intervertebral discs and can cause back pain. Opinions about this commented acting Minister of health of Ukraine Ulyana Suprun.

You often hear that running can badly affect the condition of the spine. Suprun said: in fact, modern science has proven that running does not harm, but rather improves the condition of intervertebral discs.

Physical exertion, even minor, make stronger muscles and bones of the human body, said Suprun. Although until recently, indeed, it was believed that the intervertebral discs can not give such reactions to loads.

Acting Minister of health said that the study using MRI have revealed that former athletes runners suffer from the degenerative processes of the spine does not more often than other people.

“With MRI, it was shown that the lumbar intervertebral discs in people doing Jogging, look better: have a larger height, contain more water and gag – one of the major substances in the structure of the intervertebral discs,” said Suprun.
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