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Running is often associated with the quest for your next personal best, and the agony of irritating injuries. Wouldn't it be great if you learned how to make running easier on the body and more efficient? Run Like an Athlete takes a deeper look at running, and provides you with the knowledge and tools to solve the problems that limit your performance and lead to injuries. If you want answers, tools, secrets to achieve your best, look inside for expert advice. Featuring: - biomechanics for runners: what do you really need to know about running? - mobility: is stretching really the answer? - strength training: how much is enough to achieve your goals? - shoes: what is their role in your success? - tools to evaluate: self-screens to identify your limiters - corrective exercises and form tips to improve - and much more!
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Run Like an Athlete; Chapter 2: Baby Biomechanics - The Physics of Running; Chapter 3: Microanatomy - What Are You Made Of?; Chapter 4: Beyond the Mileage Log - There's More to It than Running Hard Runs and Long Runs; Chapter 5: Soft Tissue Mobility; Chapter 6: Dynamic Neuromuscular Strength - Make a Smarter, Stronger Spring; Chapter 7: Feet, Footwear and Running Barefoot; Chapter 8: Essentials of Running Gait - The Human Catapult; Chapter 9: Assessment and Development of the Athlete Within; Chapter 10: Corrective Exercises; Conclusion; Appendix A: Gait Vocabulary; Appendix B: Strengthening References; Appendix C: Shoe References; Appendix D: Gait References; Index

About the Author

Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS is an educator, clinician, researcher, and leader in the field of sports analysis. He carved his niche as director of the University of Virginia's SPEED Clinic, and currently directs the REP Biomechanics Lab in Bend, OR. Originally from New Orleans, LA, Jay earned his Masters of Physical Therapy through Louisiana State University, and is a certified coach through United States Track and Field, and United States Cycling Federation. He has published over 20 professional journals and book chapters, lectures nationally to clinicians and coaches, and consults to the running industry and individual athletes. His passion is combining his personal, clinical, and research focus to help athletes achieve their full potential.


"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 "Why does almost every runner get injured? The reason is an amazingly complex mix of anatomy, strength, forces, vectors, and footwear effects. 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, Natural Running Center "Jay provides an incredibly straightforward and innovative explanation of everything that should happen when you run, how to effectively screen before things go wrong and how to initiate the fundamental exercises that will prevent injury and improve performance. This book is clearly the current front runner in its field and will quickly become essential and required reading for all runners, coaches and physiotherapists." Peter Thompson, European Athletics Coaches Association Lead Coach, Endurance

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