Humans evolved over the millennia to become one of the most exceptional distance-running species on Earth. So why are injuries so common? Are our shoes to blame, or is it a question of running form, training, or poor diet? In this groundbreaking book, Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky explore the reasons why runners experience injuries and offer potential solutions to the current epidemic of running-related injuries. Their findings, gleaned from research studies and conversations with leading footwear scientists, biomechanical experts, coaches, podiatrists, physical therapists, and competitive runners, are informative and enlightening.
How modern runners differ from their ancestors
Why repetitive stress causes most injuries, and how runners can safely reduce their occurrence
The pros and cons of barefoot running
Why it’s time to move beyond the pronation-control paradigm with running shoes
How certain running-form flaws might increase injury risk
How footwear has evolved over the past 10,000 years
The recreational runner
Why running shoes are not inherently evil
Tread Lightly is a highly listenable, multifaceted investigation of running - past and present, with a hopeful look to the future.
Runners experience a plethora of nagging injuries and pain, making this a valuable examination into the evolution, history, and future of the human body as it pertains to running. Bill Katovsky and Peter Larson look at how footwear, form, and food can impact the body, providing guidelines and possible solutions to the wear-and-tear that comes with constant running. Richard Allen displays a deft command while also performing with a light, agreeable touch, creating a welcoming and reassuring environment. Tread Lightly is an illuminating resource that will hopefully make shin splints and plantar fasciitis a thing of the past.
"Larson presents a wealth of balanced info on the raging debate over proper running form and minimalist running shoes." (Erin Beresini, Outside Online)
“Peter Larson is both a scientist and a realist when it comes to running shoes, and that's a good combination.” (Amby Burfoot, "Peak Performance Blog", Runner's World)
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Very Objective and balanced account of the industry and running in general.