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Running and Bone Healing

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In my introductory post you may have noticed I included a photo of me from the Indy Mini.  In high school, I spent four years as a cross-country and track athlete and have continued my passion for running in college by designing and following my own training plan for the Indy Mini. The reason I bring this up is because of its relevance to our research into bone healing.

Running is considered a high impact sport. Every step you take while running sends a shock through your body from the force of your body weight being hammered into the pavement. Of course, some of that force is absorbed by your muscles and other organs, but the majority of it is absorbed by the bones in your leg. After miles and miles of pounding away at your bones, it is easy to see why stress fractures are so commonly observed in runners.

For runners who may be reading this, take relief in knowing that the stress fractures observed in us running folk are considerably smaller and manageable than the relatively traumatic bone injuries a soldier may sustain in the field, which is what our experimental drug is designed to treat. Until next time, catch me if you can!

Written by: Riley Gorden
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