Written for recreational runners, this book can keep you running injury-free by showing you how to develop a running form based on your alignment, prior injuries, and desired running speed. Injury-Free Running explains how to choose a running shoe and design a personalized rehabilitation program by evaluating your arch height, flexibility, strength, and coordination. Specific tests are described that can determine if you're injury prone. More importantly, the corrective stretches and exercises needed to prevent injury are illustrated.
The first chapter reviews human anatomy and movement as specifically related to running. A chapter on the evolution of bipedality has been included, in part to explain why the ability to get around on two legs has made us so successful as a species, but also to point out that we were not "born to run." Regularly running long distances is stressful on the body and, to avoid injury, you have to be strong, coordinated, and well informed. Chapters 3 and 4 discuss exactly what is happening while we walk and run and chapter 5 explains how to identify and correct possible problems that may lead to injury. The controversy regarding running shoe selection is addressed in chapter 6. The final chapter lists 25 of the most common running-related injuries and outlines the most up-to-date, scientifically justified treatment protocols necessary to get you running again. By understanding the biomechanics of running and making the right decisions regarding injury prevention and treatment, there's no reason you can't continue running into your 80s and 90s.