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Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention Paperback – August 1, 2012
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“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)
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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!Read more ›
For instance, what's the ideal cadence for you? Anatomy for Runners tells you why some people say it's 180 (and briefly why) then goes further to explain why your own ideal cadence depends on both your running goals and your body. The most efficient cadence, the best cadence for a top athlete to win a highly competitive race, and the best cadence for a recreational runner who places top priority on enjoying runs for decades to come may all be quite different. Due to the particulars of your body, your own best cadence may be 10 or 20 higher or lower than other people with the same goal and fitness/speed. He manages to convey this complexity and still do it clearly and concisely. That's a great writer who really knows his stuff.
By contrast I also bought the book "The Running Injury Recovery Program" at the same time as this one and was very disappointed in the "program." It felt like reading the same vague generalizations repeated over and over in a circular fashion and ultimately left you feeling like what you really need is to get an appointment with the author at his clinic.Read more ›
I can't stop gushing about this book. I've recommended it to everyone, including non-runners.
I ran my first half marathon this past weekend. While I still have plantar fasciitis in both feet, and a bunion in one big toe, they rarely hurt anymore. I've eliminated a lot of foot pain by strengthening my feet and lower legs. I've also managed to keep my IT band woes in check.
Ready to Run is also helpful, but I strongly recommend reading this book first. It may be all you need.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great information ! As a PTA I totally enjoyed the book. Great exercises for correcting posture and various muscle imbalances ! Read morePublished 7 days ago by H
Nice book. My thigh imploded, and this was helpful getting me started on recovery. Back in stride now. Good value for the content. Read morePublished 18 days ago by NikNair
I am so glad I picked up this book. It is a great guide to running mechanics and understanding the human body. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Andrea
A work friend of mine lent me this book to read, and I am very grateful. He is actually a cousin of Jay's and is a very nice guy; there must be good genes in the family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Travis
Really informative and well written. The basic knowledge any trainer working with runners should master and understand. Highly recommend it!Published 1 month ago by Magnus Klinge
Great read for any runner, definitely recommend it if your dealing with soft tissue injury. Book has taught me to be more aware of my body mechanics/posture/stability with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B
Very imformative and helpful in taking running to the next stepPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very thorough, and very readable. The book contains useful tests to identify areas of weakness, and a number of exercises that can be used to address your shortcomings. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Monster Montoya
The organization of the text is fine despite what other reviewers stated. However, the chapter 10 exercises could be a higher volume.Published 2 months ago by Ryan