Why Does Strength Training Keep Runners Injury Free?

I don't know why this made such a huge impression on me when I first read it, but it did.
"Running is a high impact sport."

My initial response, even as a physical therapist (*gasp!*) was"Are you sure about that?"

Because my mind went straight to literal impact sports.

Football.

Rugby.

Soccer.

Hockey.

You get it.

So I stewed on it.

And then, the lightbulb.

Oh my goodness, it IS a high impact sport.




What threw me was that running doesn't fit the traditional definition of high impact where we traditionally think of "contact sports". And in the context of a "contact sport" we think of tackling or other physical contact between players.

Where I went wrong was misunderstanding "high impact" for "contact".

And all along I knew that strength training was a must for runners!