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Running Injury-Free: How to Prevent, Treat and Recover from Dozens of Painful Problems Paperback – May 15, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (May 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875962211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875962214
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thousands begin running programs as a means to fitness, but many abandon them, not because of lack of discipline but because of injury. Ellis, a podiatrist, and Henderson, an editor at Runner's World magazine, first describe symptoms to help identify a running injury before it happens and then offer preventative measures and cures. Whenever possible, they suggest home remedies, which range from rest to stretching to mass-produced inserts for shoes. But they also caution readers to consult a professional if at all in doubt. The importance of the ankles and feet is stressed, since a large percentage of injuries and discomfort can be traced to worn, cheap, or improperly fitted shoes. The authors also caution against overtraining and advocate that if an injury does occur, the runner should consider making an adjustment in mileage, frequency, or prerun stretching routines. A very useful, well-organized guide for runners at all fitness levels, from marathoners to chubby morning joggers. Wes Lukowsky

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"For years, I've had running injuries. I could have saved a lot of money by buying this book. It's a great addition to any sports medicine library."--Bob Wischinia, senior editor Runner's World magazine

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to any runner.
H. W
The author is very easy to understand; there are plenty of illustrations where helpful; and the information appears to be sound.
L. Slade
Best book on running injury prevention and treatment EVER.
Shire Dweller

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Deb Weiss on September 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you run fewer than 30 miles a week, have never uttered the words "my coach" or "my physiotherapist," have never won more than a goodie bag at a 10k... in short, if you are a committed, non-elite, non-professional runner, this book is a must.
This is not to say that professionals won't benefit - they will. But for those of us who don't receive regular training-level medical attention, the great value of this book lies in its ability to clearly distinguish nagging pains that you can often home-treat from those that - even from the first twinge - signal something more serious. Add it to your running library.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By lesley@footi.force9.co.uk on December 1, 1998
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As an English Podiatrist, I found this book refreshing and fascinating and it makes a wonderful 'companion' to browse through between patients - particularly the case studies! It also makes good reading for my sports patients, while they're attending my clinic. Many of my obsessive runners, however, will not like the comments on realistic running schedules!
One of my patients, a personal trainer and marathon runner, was so impressed with this book that he has requested me to obtain a copy of it for him, which I do with pleasure.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Rice on February 9, 2000
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Having struggled with injuries (like most runners), this book is fantastic! He clearly explains the underlying causes (or probably causes) of the problem, the treatment, and suggestions for avoiding future problems.
Well worth the read for anyone running.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TPG on January 25, 2003
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I find that this book has been very helpful in my running and triathlon training. The first few chapters are very good, replete with some basic theory about running and remaining injury free.
The second third of the book is very informative regarding injuries and their treatment.
The last part of the book has great stretching exercises, and good information about how to stay injury free.
My only criticism of the book is based on a comment that my physical therapist had. I've recently had big problems with sprained ankles in both feet and receive physical therapy from a PT specializing in runners. I discussed the book and the chapter on ankles with her and she mentioned that the chapter only describes the author's success and that for every successful treatment outcome, there are lots of not-so-total successes. It would be helpful to understand both.
But overall, a worthy book to buy and read and re-read as the need arises.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2003
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Not only did this book manage to supply the info I needed in enough detail to be meaningful, particularly with the case studies, it was actually an entertaining page-turner. The author had such a human voice and managed to entirely avoid the tone of smarmy condescension that seems to be rampant in books of this sort. I was particularly won over by his willingness to even poke fun at himself as a case study. I certainly came away with a new respect for the field of podiatry in sports medicine.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Carey on April 17, 2011
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I was a little disappointed by this book. Some of the general information was helpful, but I found the chapter on knee and shin pain (my particular problem) to be less than useful. Two major complaints: First, the book is written in a style that I find irritating. Each chapter contains several "stories" about people, i.e., "Jim was feeling pain in his knees..." I find this framing device unnecessary and distracting. Second, and more importantly, the book doesn't seem to provide information on running without injury. I was hoping for information on how to run in a way that would avoid injury. Instead, the best offered here is a suggestion that I might need better running shoes, I should elevate and ice injuries and not run when injured. Not exactly earth-shattering. Plus, its not helpful to be told not to run when the goal is avoiding injury in the first place.

If you are looking for advice on technique, I would keep looking. I found ChiRunning and Evolution Running to be SIGNIFICANTLY better at providing advice on how to run without injuring yourself. This is what I would call "running injury free"
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jon K. Newkirk on October 4, 1998
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This book is clearly written. It covers a lot of ground, no pun intended. I am very glad I ordered it and glad I read it as the price, when compared to even one visit to a health practicioner, is very reasonable. On top of that, these guys know runners and you can't say that about most health care providers. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Hafner on September 18, 2008
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Joe Henderson & Joe Ellis do a fine job of covering just about every running injury humanly possible. Strengthening, stretching, proper technique, cautions, encouragement, this book includes it all. As a gravity-challenged strider, I personally consider this a valuable resource, and recommend it to anyone who walks, hikes, or runs.
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