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Runner's World Guide to Injury Prevention: How to Identify Problems, Speed Healing, and Run Pain-Free (Runner's World Guides) Paperback – November 4, 2004

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About the Author

Dagny Scott Barrios, one of America's premier running journalists, is the author of two previous Runner's World guides for Rodale: Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running and Runner's World Complete Guide to Trail Running.

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Product Details

  • Series: Runner's World Guides
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579549713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579549718
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was expecting more in-depth information on running injuries, but this booked contained less information than a lot of other general running books.

For example this morning I referenced the book on hamstring injuries, and the only information they had on hamstrings was on stretching.

Very disappointed in the content.
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I was a relatively new runner when I purchased this book. The information in this book helped me to fix some pains in my legs. It turns out I was doing too much downhill running. An experienced runner would know that this is a bad idea, but how was I suppose to know at the time? Common things like "don't increase speed and distance in the same day" are in this book. I can understand the complaints of the other people who say this book is nothing new; you are right, it isn't! But it helps newbies understand the things that experienced runners know as "common sense". If you are a new runner then you need this book.
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I started running regularly when I was 19 years old, over 30 years ago. In the beginning I ran to lose weight, but I continued to run throughout the years to maintain my weight. After all those years, last year for the first time I suffered a running injury and had to reduce my running drastically (but I didn't stop altogether) to heal. My achilles tendon was hurt. I found out that I wasn't immune to injury, after all. I'm not going to say that if I had read this book beforehand I would not have been injured, but I probably would have been smarter about training and I would have known better what to do to heal after the injury occurred.

This book gives an introduction in injuries, compared to just typical aches and pains. It covers in great detail methods to prevent injuries, and then it provides information on how to treat them when they occur. It offers several different exercises for cross-training than can also help you to avoid running injuries, and it has chapters specifically for certain people and how they might be different. By different, I mean it has a chapter dedicted to children and another dedicated to women, and another dedicated to older runners. I think that last one should be very helpful to me as I approach retirement age.

I found this to be a very interesting read and I intend to keep it for reference. Barrios has done an excellent job covering this subject.
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My second foray into the Runner's World series on running was another good yet overly basic, and generalized plan to running effectively without injury over the long term. It begs the question: do we really need another one of these types of guides? The author touches briefly on some special populations such as youth and women. She profiles a number of common running injuries and the usual course of treatment. There are also a number of basic exercise and stretching routines with illustrations to benefit runners. Finally, the importance of choosing the right shoe and staying open to the possible need to change shoe type over time is stressed abundantly throughout the book. This is really a book for beginner runners. Clearly, a seasoned runner should not find a thing in this book that has not already been realized. Those looking for more in depth information on running injuries should look elsewhere.
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I am newer to the sport of running and have taken it by storm! In fact, so much so, that I was overtraining and found myself with a stress fracture. While being "laid up" I decided to read up on injuries that occur while running and how to prevent them in the future. Man, I wish I had read this book months ago. I am sure I would have prevented this stress fracture had I read the book. It's a great overview of various injuries that can occur, but more so it is a practical guide on how to train so that you never experience an injury.
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A good quick reference for dealing with those nagging injuries you will probably get. Especially if your a seasonal style runner subjected to increasing your pace and distance when the weather gets nice! I am 55 and have experienced several of the running injuries described. The info is helpfull and accurate. I have been a pilot for a living for over 30 years and I completed my first ironman when I was 50. I have maintained a good health record and I hate going to the Dr. for anything besides my physical. This is a great source for people like me. I've read the reviews about this being for newbies... Accurate, but then even at my experience level I was a newbie to heel injuries and how to cope with them. I downloaded the kindle version and it is available as a reference anytime, even on the phone.
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The book is well written and enjoyable to read if you are say on a business trip and brought no other book with you. If you have been injured before and have read about your injury on the internet this book is a waste of money. As another reviewer said, there is nothing in this book that you cannot get for free online. I cannot say I learned another new BUT I did enjoy reading the book.
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If your a running nut, keep this book close at hand because it's only a matter of time
before you will need it. It covers most common injurys including prevention and cure.

I keep this close simply because something is always rearing it's ugly head and making
me say ouch!
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