Tom Michaud's Injury Free running has become the cheat sheet for managing running injuries for many health practitioners around the world. It can be said that in the field of musculoskeletal science there are few practitioners that can take a broad view of the literature and congest it down to the essence of what is sensible scientific advice. It is one thing to know everything about Achilles tendon science, another thing to know how to apply it to real world patients with Achilles problems. Dr Michaud's skill is in the ability to read the literature and interpret it to take the most poignant information to create a usable treatment plan for patients who come into the office.
As a podiatrist with almost 30 years of practice I have loved reading this book from cover to cover.
Matt Dilnot, Podiatrist, Melbourne, Australia
This no-nonsense guide shows you how an understanding of anatomy and biomechanics, coupled with the latest strengthening exercises and rehab protocols, can keep you running injury-free for a long time to come.
Each time your foot hits the ground while running, an impact force averaging three times your weight travels through your body at more than 200 miles per hour, causing your bones to vibrate and tendons to stretch. When you consider that the average runner strikes the ground more than 10,000 times per hour, this translates into a remarkable amount of force that needs to be absorbed, and explains why nearly 50% of recreational runners are injured each year.
The purpose of this book is to show you that impact forces are not necessarily harmful. By modifying your running form and doing specific exercises to improve tendon resiliency, not only can you effectively absorb these forces, but you can also store and return a significant percentage of them in the form of elastic recoil. Besides reducing your risk of injury, efficiently storing and returning energy can allow you to run faster with less effort.
With more than 200 illustrations and 300 references, this book reviews how to:
• Perform an at-home gait analysis to make specific changes in your running form that can reduce impact forces and improve performance.
• Decrease your risk of injury by identifying problems with strength, flexibility, and/or neuromotor coordination using specific functional tests.
• Incorporate new exercises to enhance the storage and return of energy in your tendons.
• Select the running shoe that is right for you.
• Treat 25 of the most common running-related injuries with the most up-to-date, scientifically justified treatment protocols available.
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