12 million French people run in small jumps on developed beaches, towpaths or in cities, enjoying the benefits of serotonin, this hormone of happiness is distributed once the body adapts to the effort. Four times more than twenty years ago, according to the 2022 running barometer, they launch themselves into the frenzy of transformation, donning compression sleeves, tucking their phone into an armband, bottle and belt, and donning smoothies and vitamins. Cool drinks, measure their effort on a heart rate bracelet, and stay on course with a GPS watch.
“A lot of people use running to get in shape, but I would definitely recommend getting into running” – Irene Davis, Running Biomechanics Expert
The French market for shoes, textiles and running accessories – with €850 million a year, double the turnover of football, according to the trade association Union Sport and Cycle, which represents the commercial sports sector – is rubbing its feet: thanks to its new equipment, any relaxed jogger (by definition, jogging) is an aspiration. Passing as a runner (running more intensely).
But, more often than not, these meteorites of macadam or sand hurt themselves for overestimating their potential. “In the middle of winter I literally found a muscle wandering in my calf because I wasn’t warm enough”28-year-old Beryl Brianzau explains, an athlete since childhood. Estimates vary from study to study, but most of them agree on the fact that 30 to 50% of runners worry each year. “From the age of 40, it drops like a fly”Ahmed, 41, a former compulsive runner, watched around, impressed by his speed and struggling to recover from a herniated disc.
“A lot of people use running to get in shape, but I would definitely recommend getting in shape to get into running”Recently, in a kind of Copernican revolution in jogging, said Irene Davis, an expert in biomechanics at the University of South Florida.The New York Times, May 13, 2022). In Montmartre, the Parisian mecca for heights and stairs, the osteopath, Perrin Blatry, accepts at least one jogger a day: “There are mainly posture problems: pain in the knees and ankles, tendinitis, the best known of which is windshield wiper syndrome. [inflammation de la bandelette fibreuse qui s’étend de la hanche au tibia]. Not to mention the sprains and fractures associated with changes in terrain, bad roads, and ill-fitting shoes. »
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