Injury-Free Running, Second Edition: Your Illustrated Guide to Biomechanics, Gait Analysis, and Injury Prevention (Paperback)

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A no-nonsense guide for runners, trainers, and health professionals that shows how an understanding of anatomy combined with the latest in strengthening exercises can enhance injury-free running performance.

Each time a runner's foot hits the ground, an impact force averaging three times their weight travels through the body at more than 200 miles per hour, causing the bones to vibrate and tendons to stretch. An average runner strikes the ground more than 10,000 times per hour, resulting in a remarkable amount of force to the body. But the truth is those impact forces need not be as harmful as they sound. In Injury-Free Running, Thomas C. Michaud explains how an understanding of anatomy and biomechanics, coupled with the latest strengthening exercises and rehab protocols, can keep runners injury free. By modifying our running form and engaging specific exercises to improve tendon resiliency, we can learn to store and return energy more efficiently while also running faster and with less effort.

In this revised second edition, the author shows how to:

    Perform an at-home gait analysis to improve performance.
    Identify problems with strength, flexibility, and/or neuromotor coordination.
    Incorporate new exercises that enhance energy storage and return it to the tendons.
    Treat the 25 most common running-related injuries with the most scientifically justified treatment protocols.
    Select the running shoe that best suits your needs.

With over 40 illustrations, this book is ideal for recreational runners, as well as physical therapists, trainers, chiropractors, and sports medicine practitioners.

About the Author

Since graduating from Western States Chiropractic College in the early 80s, DR. TOM MICHAUD has published numerous book chapters and dozens of articles on subjects ranging from biomechanics of the first ray and shoulder, to the pathomechanics of vertebral artery dissection.

In 1993, Williams and Wilkins published Dr. Michaud's first textbook, Foot Orthoses and Other Forms of Conservative Foot Care, which was eventually translated into four languages. His next book, Human Locomotion: The Conservative Management of Gait-Related Disorders, a textbook published in 2012, is used in physical therapy, chiropractic, pedorthic, and podiatry schools around the world.

In addition to lecturing on clinical biomechanics internationally, Dr. Michaud has served on the editorial review boards for Chiropractic Sports Medicine and The Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine. Over the past 35 years, Dr. Michaud has maintained a busy private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, where he has treated thousands of elite and recreational runners.

Praise For…

"Tom Michaud’s experience with athletes has been long running and highly praised. His vast knowledge of the human body and understanding of biomechanics will help you achieve your peak potential. This book is a great resource for athletes of all ages and abilities."
Joan Benoit Samuelson, former world record holder and Olympic gold medalist.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781623176310
ISBN-10: 162317631X
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: June 15th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English