A reader comments on the Press report:
“BUPA’s Great Birmingham Run will be a very profitable event for BUPA in view of the numbers who will end up with chronic foot/ankle/knee/hip problems due to overstraining over a 12 miles “health” run.
“If most people routinely even walked less than half that distance it might be a different matter, but that wouldn’t make any money for a corporation!” (Left, from Running Competitor.)
A running coaches’ website describes the most common injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis and Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy
- Shin splints
- Patella Tendonitis
- High Hamstring Tendinopathy
- Stress fractures
- Runner’s Knee
- IT Band Injuries
Another reader adds: “very good point. A bit like this ridiculous chucking iced water over people. I refused to partake”.
On WM radio Adrian Goldberg discussed the Ice Bucket Challenge with listeners and concluded that the wisest and least egotistical course of action is to make a quiet gift to charity if and when so moved.
After walking past a challenge and seeing the alarming colour of a Marks and Spencer manager undergoing this challenge I also question the practice on health grounds.
On August 22nd this year Dr. Brian O’Neill, a physician at the Detroit Medical Center, warned that the challenge may have adverse health effects on participants, including potentially inducing a vagal response which might, for example, lead to unconsciousness in people taking blood pressure medications. Today reports on such incidents: a number of participants have sustained injuries and there has been a death in New Zealand linked to the challenge.
The first reader concludes: “Meanwhile I’ll stick to “dangerous” cycling!”