Is running barefoot better than running in shoes Catalyst

This link is to a transcript to an ABC Catalyst program that deals with the bio-mechanics of running. Useful for upper secondary students.

 Is running barefoot better than running in shoes Catalyst

The relevant videos are available at Catalyst website.


Running 3  



 Although students may well be aware of  the biology of joints, they need to be aware of the role of joints in living a healthy life.



Arthritis is a name for a group of conditions affecting the joints and other parts of the body. These conditions cause damage to the joints, usually resulting in pain and stiffness. Arthritis can affect many different parts of the joint and nearly every joint in the body.


Is rheumatism different from arthritis?

Not really. Rheumatism is just a more general word that was used in the past. It described any pain in your bones, muscles and joints. We know more about problems with bones, muscles and joints, so we use words like back pain, tendonitis and arthritis to describe these conditions now.


The term rheumatism is still used in colloquial speech and historical contexts, but is an out-dated term in medical literature. “Arthritis” is a more accurate term, however, it covers a broad range of conditions.


Are there different types of arthritis?

There are over 100 forms of arthritis. Each type of arthritis affects you and your joints in different ways. Some forms of arthritis can also involve other parts of the body and internal organs, such as the eyes and liver. The most common forms of arthritis are:


  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis

Who develops arthritis?

Anyone can be affected by arthritis, including children and young people. In Australia, nearly one in five people has arthritis. Many people are under the impression that arthritis is just an expected process of getting older. This view is not true. In fact, two out of every three people with arthritis are between 15 and 60 years old. Arthritis can affect people from all backgrounds, ages and lifestyles.

For further information refer to the Students’ section of this website and Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA.


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