Research from Rumit Singh Kakar, IC assistant professor of physical therapy, reveals that running mechanics remain largely unchanged as runners grow older. 

“As we progress from a young age to middle age, we can essentially continue to run recreationally and even competitively if we train for it. That means we should be able to compete or run as efficiently.” 

Rumit and his research partners presented the initial findings of their ongoing study at the American Society of Biomechanics and American College of Sports Medicine National Conference in 2017. The study examined the spinal movements of runners in three different age groups: young adults (18–40 years old), middle-age adults (40–60 years old), and old-age adults (60 years and older). 

It’s good news for all those who wish to remain competitive and active as they get older.