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    Does anybody know of any alternatives to running a mile and a half. We have some guys with knee problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryan312
    Does anybody know of any alternatives to running a mile and a half. We have some guys with knee problems.
    Is this for testing or training?
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    This is for testing. Looking for something that would be comparable in terms of mets.

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    I know the APFT has cycling as an alternate activity for running and there may be others. I have no idea how difficult a transportability study would be.

    Running, in my opinion, is not a common response activity. I would think that any test of aerobic capacity might also be used.
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    Default Running and Knees

    See thread in fitness and testing section
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    what type of knee problems-chronic or acute? The knee problems might stem from faulty mechanics, tight mucles, and previous injuries. A comprehensive biomechanical assessment from head to toe will help. The guys with knee problems might need corrective stretching and strengthening or more advanced physical therapy to alleviate the pain. Please be aware that I'm not trying to diagnose, but the problem might be the runners, not the running.

    I think a pool workout is always a great alternative because you still get resistance from the water, but it lacks the ground-reaction forces generated from running or doing work on the "fire"ground. Still treading water and jogging in the pool can increase cardio capacity. Good luck!
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