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The Athlete's Book of Home Remedies: 1,001 Doctor-Approved Health Fixes and Injury-Prevention Secrets for a Leaner, Fitter, More Athletic Body! Paperback – March 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609612345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609612344
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jordan D. Metzl, MD, is a nationally recognized sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, in New York City. His practice treats more than 20,000 patients and he is regularly voted among New York’s top sports medicine doctors by New York magazine. He lectures and teaches all over the world and has appeared on the Today show and Good Morning America.

Dr. Metzl specializes in nonsurgical treatment, working to help patients get back to their favorite activities as soon as is safely possible. He also strives to be a positive example for his patients, teaching his "Iron Strength" workout classes on weekends and maintaining his own fitness at an elite level. "I love being fit and active, and I like to encourage others to do the same," he says. "I feel like being a role model for my patients really helps me communicate with them better. I want to keep them on the field because I know how much better I feel when I’m out there doing what I love to do. Fitness keeps me injury-free and helps me in all aspects of my life, both inside and outside the office."
 
Mike Zimmerman is a contributing editor to Men’s Health and coauthor of The Men’s Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition and The Impact! Body Plan.

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You don't need to be a high level athlete to use this book!
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For someone who doesn't like to go to the doctor just to be told to take aspirin and ice it, this book is definitely for you.
Javier
Good book with easy to understand illustrations and exercises.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Larry U on March 14, 2012
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Just got this book in the mail today. First thing I'll say is that the quality of this book is excellent. Pages are large, paper it's printed on is not cheap. (For this book I wouldn't recommend the Kindle version since it's something you'll reference while working out and/or healing. Plus, the graphics are outstanding.) It's well organized with a large section devoted to injuries types, and how to prevent them and/or resolve them. (About 60%) Graphics of muscles/bones is very detailed. The rest of the book has excellent workout programs with nicely detailed graphics and how-to instructions.

I'm a runner and I will get much use of this book. But you don't have to be a runner as it's designed for all types of athletes. (Both beginner and advanced) Highly recommended!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Meg Mac on March 19, 2012
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I got this book last week and I've already referred to it twice. It's extremely comprehensive, yet perfectly accessible and easy to navigate. Having used the Internet as my source before, I value having all of this information in one reputable source and appreciate that it comes from the viewpoint of an expert who really understands the mentality of an athlete. As a new runner, it's a comfort knowing that this book is on my shelves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. O'Brien on July 24, 2013
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I saw Dr Metzl speak at corporate event and he had great advice. I spent $13 on this book, and so far have increased the range of motion of my neck, improved plantar fasciitis, have my husband doing stretches to improve his IT band, and my father-in-law working on his ankle issues as well. Great to know how to prevent and heal those things that plague active people once they pass 30.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Vilanova on March 18, 2012
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This book is great. Its like an owners manual for your body. It simplifies concepts in how your body works and how to think about preparing it for peak condition. Anyone starting out in exercise should be handed this book. And for those already engaged in fitness, it's a great way to re-focus and make sure you're taking care of yourself the right way.

Thanks Dr. Metzl.
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88 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Gaetan Lion on April 12, 2012
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This book covers a lot of ground, and provides many "hopefully" good ideas for curing numerous injuries. I have however a few reservations.

Dr. Metzl claims to have 20,000 patients. Let's do the plain arithmetic here. Let's say he sees 40 patients a week and works 50 weeks a year. That's 2,000 patients a year. At this workaholic pace, it takes him a full decade with little vacation to see each of his patients just once! Good luck if you need two or three follow up sessions. Meanwhile he still has time to train tens of hours a week to do Ironman triathlons in Hawaii and elsewhere. Something does not add up here.

Per the back cover of the book, he claims to be "one of the nation's leading sports medicine physicians." I did a quick search for him on the Internet and did not find a whole lot. However, a doctor rating website gave him only a 2 star rating out of 5, as given by nearly 20 different patients. And, the same site recommended several other sports medicine doctors all with 5 star ratings. This did not make him look like "one of the nation's leading sports medicine physicians."

His approach is interesting, but it may not be for everybody.

His dynamic stretching techniques are associated with vigorous bouncing while carrying heavy weights that will put much pressure on all your joints. If you are a 28-year-old triathlete, this approach may be fine. If you are a 50-year-old weekend athlete, this may be a recipe to injure yourself before you have the opportunity to injure yourself doing the sports you like.

He is really big on hard rolls. That's where you roll the side of your body on some really hard foam cylinder. You have to try it to understand what it is like.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Schwartz on March 24, 2012
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I admit, I am a bit biased because Dr. Metzl is my orthopedist! But the book is truly wonderful. It is well-written, filled with valuable advice and contains several excellent regimes, with really helpful graphics. It is not just for athletes - it is helpful for anyone looking to take care of their body. The advice is particularly good for individuals who love to work out, whether or not they are participating in a sport. Dr. Metzl made me healthy and strong after several painful ski accidents and various other exercise-related injuries. His book is almost as good as seeing him in person (I say almost because he is quite adorable so in person is better!)
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Just ask me! VINE VOICE on March 17, 2012
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Every New York-area runner who has ever been injured has heard of Dr. Metzl, but most have not visited him because he takes no insurance. However, for the cost of an insurance co-payment, I now have an amazing resource, with easy to understand descriptions and diagrams of all the body parts which tend to go wrong in athletes, and information about how to self-treat or prevent most chronic injuries. (Lest you think this book is all about self-treatment, there is a sidebar in each section indicating what symptoms should require a doctor's visit.)
Because Rodale puts this under the "Men's Health" imprint, the cover has to offer "secrets for a leaner. . .body", but that isn't the focus of the book.
Also, despite its being from "Men's Health", there are women-specific sections, including a good briefing on selecting a sports bra. Preventing one bad sports bra choice would more than pay for this book.
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