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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620871599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620871591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The biggest challenge running coaches encounter is discovering the balance between maximizing workload while holding off injuries. Jay Dicharry presents years of knowledge and useful practical information in a format that's understandable. I am certain Anatomy for Runners is spot on because Jay has helped several of my athletes both remain healthy as well as get back to championship form.” (Jason Vigilante)

“This is the best resource on running biomechanics and injury prevention. The corrective exercises have become part of my training routine, improved my performance, and reduced my injuries.” (Alan Webb, American record holder in the mile)

“Running is a simple sport, right?  But why does almost everyone get hurt? As Jay discovers in this valuable guide, the reason is an amazingly complex mix of anatomy, strength, forces, vectors, and footwear effects.  Alas, after reading this book and feeling what running really is, you will rediscover and understand its simplicity . . . then you can throw the rest of the library away.” (Dr. Mark Cucuzzella)

About the Author

Jay Dicharry , MPT, SCS, is the Director of the SPEED Clinic and the Motion Analysis Lab at the University of Virginia. Originally from New Orleans, Jay received his Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center. He is an instructor in the Sports Medicine program and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at the University of Virginia. Jay is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, and a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation. He is widely published in numerous professional journals on running gait and biomechanics, lectures nationally to clinicians and coaches on care of endurance athletes, conducts research on runners, and consults to individual, USA Track and Field and the US Air Force on athlete development. Jay has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists. His passion is combining his personal, clinical, and research focus to help athletes achieve their full potential.

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Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

Originally from New Orleans LA, Jay completed the Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center and is a Board- Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Jay built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia. Through this innovative venture, Jay was able to blend the fields of clinical practice and engineering to better understand and eliminate the cause of overuse injuries in endurance athletes. His unique approach goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect your performance.

Jay literally wrote the book on running gait assessments: he is author of "Anatomy for Runners", writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over a dozen professional journal articles and three book chapters. Jay has had an active research career, teaches nationally, and consults for numerous footwear companies, the US Air Force, USA Track and Field, and USA Triathlon. His ongoing research focus on footwear and the causative factors driving overuse injury continues to provide him cutting edge knowledge to educate and provide patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes.

In addition to his clinical distinction, Jay is a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation, and certified Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. He has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists.He is currently director of the REP Biomechanics Lab in Bend, OR. In addition to helping you achieve your passion, he enjoys exploring his new home in the Pacific Northwest with his family on knobbies, skis, boards, and soles.

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Any runner should read it.
Joey
The book presents the information in a very approachable format, and provides a great deal of useful information.
Daniel E. Coons Jr.
This book will be a reference for me for a long time.
Howard Elakman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By osugrad85 on January 6, 2013
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I am 50 years old and have been a lifetime runner who has suffered a variety of running injuries (plantar faciitis, shin splints, posterior tibial tendonitis, piriformis syndrome, IT band syndrome, and most recently a stress fracture of the distal head of my left fibula, just to name a few). This book does a great job of explaining the mechanics of the human body in layman's terms and how to apply that knowledge to improving running gait and efficiency. And, the book as self assessment tests that help you determine deficiencies in your own body mechanics (core stability, flexibility, strength, etc.), and provides a slew of exercises to improve your identified deficiencies.

This is one of two places where the book could be improved. At the end of the self assessment tests there is a chart that lists exercises (by name) to perform to correct the deficiencies, and the next chapter contains those exercises listed first by number, then by name. Why the author did not include the exercise "numbers" in the chart at the end of the self assessment tests is beyond me. I felt like I was having to solve a puzzle in flipping through the exercise chapter looking for each of the exercises recommended for me. I ended up creating a cheat sheet for me that listed the exercises recommended for me by name, then matching them up with the numbers (and page numbers) of the exercises in the following chapter. Had the author included the exercise numbers in the table it would have made the book much easier to use.

The other criticism I have of the book is that the book does not contain an index in the back. How can you write a book like this and not include an index?

Update: I've dropped my rating from 4 to 3 stars. The reason? Frustration!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R.M.F. on July 21, 2012
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Packed with information on why injuries happen and how to prevent them. Not just the basics, but in depth explanations on why your muscles, ligaments, and tendons act the way they do. I had been struggling with chronic hamstring strain for a long time. This book was my ticket to recovery.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cookie57 on July 15, 2013
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The author gives good background information behind the mechanics of running, and what underlying deficiencies may be causing you problems while running. However I found the self-assessment tests to be lacking in detail. The pictures accompanying the assessments were not captioned, and so I couldn't tell if the person in the picture was doing it wrong or right. I failed several of the tests indicating that I needed to improve certain areas, but the exercises are not organized in a way that made it easy to know exactly what to do to fix those problems. In fact, it would be difficult to come to this book with a specific problem (such as ITBS) and find the exact recommendation to fix it as the exercises are fairly general and nonspecific. I think the provided background info and basic mobility/strength exercises would provide a good foundation to a beginning runner.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie Curtis on September 16, 2012
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This book is a great find for anyone who wants to dive deeper into their training. Sure we may all know to a degree that our bones and tissues and movement matter, but just how and why? And where do they all connect to all the other information we're always noticing?

Anatomy for Runners breaks it down into an easy read with great full color visuals. I am HUGE on graphics in a training book, I need to see it more than I need to read it a lot of the time. There are medical quality images, charts or graphs, general photography and probably any other visual aid printed within this text. One thing I enjoyed was the mix of information with "how to" in order to take it to the next level. From what I noticed there was not a need to buy or learn any complicated equipment in order to use the moves in the book or understand the basis of the body.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JLD on August 23, 2012
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Excellent information. Should be on the desk of every Physical Therapist and Physical Medicine Doctor. I'm sure that many hours went into researching and putting together this great book for athletes of all kinds.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori L. Saiia on February 17, 2013
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Jay Dicharry manages to take physiology and break it down into easily understandable and usable information. Every runner should work on their efficiency to help avoid injury - this book can help show you how.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SRKCNU on October 29, 2012
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This is a very thorough and well stated explanation of common running related injuries. This book helps runners maintain a balanced approach to avoid common training related injuries, as well as, inform those who are perplexed about lingering soreness.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori WV on October 3, 2012
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This book contains a WEALTH of information for anyone who wants to run "smarter", instead of just harder. Beautiful simplicity in that several of the tests for stability are also the exercises you perform if you need to improve. Well thought out and engaging.
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