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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Newton Biomechanics (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467589314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467589314
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great comprehensive easy read.
Laura
He is a pioneer in our profession and I hope to continue to share this book, and many others of his, to the running community!
Logan B Sherman
It provides the client with a clear and specific understanding of how things work and what to do.
Michael Cerami

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cerami on May 15, 2014
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By Dr. Michael Cerami

I firmly believe that if a runner is injured, they should try and solve their problem on their own before consulting a physician. That’s what I would do. Now there’s an awesome new resource to help all runners to prevent and also self-treat injuries.

The book has its foundation based on the “Human Locomotion” textbook we use in the office written by the same author. While the original textbook was written for professionals, this book can be read cover to cover or used just when needed by any runner. In the first chapter, the author does a great job of explaining anatomical terms and showing all the muscles involved in movement. It provides a wonderful foundation for anyone who wants to better understand how their body works.

Chapters 2 and 3 discuss the evolution of running as well as the biomechanics. All of the information and research is very current but may challenge some of our belief system (i.e. Born To Run converts). Whatever your thoughts, I promise you’ll enjoy the fascinating description of how we evolved to stand upright, get a bigger brain and started to run.

Chapters 4 and 5 get into how to prevent injuries with some self-assessment as well as stretching exercises including measuring and adjusting stride length, and understanding what your hips and glutes are doing. Topics discussed are; Arch height, Limb Length Discrepancy, Flexibility and Strength Training.

Chapter 6 is all about choosing the correct running shoe and covers everything from Minimalistic shoes to over cushioning.

The final chapter is the part you've been looking for; Self treatment protocols for everything from Achilles Tendinitis, Plantar Fasciitis and Piriformis syndrome to Hamstring strains.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne L. Hird on February 22, 2014
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Injury-Free Running provides clear, thorough information on how to minimize the time lost to injuries. Dr. Michaud addresses a wide range of topics ranging from the basic motions involved in running to current trends in running shoes. Numerous illustrations of recommended stretching and strengthening exercises are especially helpful. While the text isn't "dumbed down", it is easy reading for anyone with the most basic understanding of anatomy.
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I have run recreationally for many years without serious injury. This year, after a month or two of training as a charity runner for the Boston Marathon, I have been plagued by heel strike, calf, and hip pain. After several months of painful and frustrating limping around, inconsistent doctors' opinions, and no running, I was given a copy of Dr. Michaud's book, Injury Free Running. I read it from cover to cover in four days, and I found it to be filled with helpful--no invaluable--advice and explanations on injury treatment, running gait, injury prevention, orthodics, strengthening after injury, buying shoes, tying laces, etc. The book is easy to read, but is also filled with citations to medical studies if you want to know more. Although reading the book will not produce a miracle if you have a serious injury, it can lead to a miracle if you follow the advice and clear illustrations in Dr. Michaud's book.

There are a number of books on the market about injury free running and stretching, but this book is the only one I know that simply and comprehensively shows you how all the parts of the body work together, so that you can avoid making an adjustment to one troublesome area only to create an injury elsewhere. This book will tell you how and why various shoes, cadence counts, stretching exercises, etc. may be helpful for you, or can be disregarded as not useful for you, or are mere urban legend. I have recommended it to all my friends, and I recommend it without reservation to you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cmag on March 6, 2014
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A friend of mine who is also a patient of Dr. Michaud's gave this book to me a few days ago. Since I've been hearing stories from fellow runners about how grateful they are to be back to running after Dr. Michaud's interventions, I was very eager to read the book. I read it cover to cover in a matter of days and I think it's fantastic! I've been a physical therapist for only 3 years and this book is helping to clarify my thinking on a lot of injuries. I look forward to improving my clinical reasoning with insights from it, and I look forward to using Dr. Michaud's concise explanations to help my patients understand their origins.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amy beckett on December 13, 2013
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I only wish I had this book years ago...great book for anyone that loves to run and wants to keep doing so without inury. The information is easy to digest and the book is full of wonderful drawings that support the text well.
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I am currently a student in chiropractic school and my father is a podiatrist that specializes in running. I have run personal bests of 3:08, 2:22, 1:06, 29:41 and 14:21 in the 50k, marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k, respectively. Previously, I have found that it is difficult to find a running book that includes research to support the authors opinion. Dr. Michaud explains the current research in a way that novice to world-class runners, coaches, doctors, etc can understand. This book is not only for the beginning runner…many doctors could benefits in reading this book though the material early in the book and the treatment chapter towards the end of the book.
Dr. Michaud is viewed as one the most innovative and research driven chiropractors. He is a pioneer in our profession and I hope to continue to share this book, and many others of his, to the running community! I have read every running book out there…if you are looking for a running book to stay injury free and understand your body…this book is for you!
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