Running exercise strengthens the intervertebral disc

Running is associated with better intervertebral disc composition and hypertrophy!

The authors of this cross-sectional study have found that chronic running is associated with increased intervertebral disc (IVD) hydration (over 20km/ wk.) and height (over 50km/ wk.). These effects were seen at multiple vertebral levels and were independent of gender, spinal muscle size or total level of activity.


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