Running Anatomy

Running Anatomy

by Joseph Puleo, Patrick Milroy
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Running Anatomy by Joseph Puleo, Patrick Milroy

See what it takes to maximize running strength, speed, and endurance! Running Anatomy will show you how to improve your performance by increasing muscular strength, optimizing the efficiency of your running motion, and minimizing your risk for injury.

Running Anatomy features 50 of the most effective strength exercises for runners, each with clear, step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the muscles in action. But you’ll find much more than exercises—you’ll also see their results.

Running Anatomy places you in the action, fundamentally linking each exercise to running performance. You’ll see how to strengthen muscles, reduce injury, and improve gait efficiency for faster times and more fluid runs.

Running Anatomy will prepare you for any challenge that comes your way. You’ll find exercises for varying terrains and speeds, from hill running to off-road running and from sprints to marathons. Plus you’ll learn how to evaluate and rehabilitate the most common injuries that runners face, including lower-back pain, knee aches and strains, and torn muscles and tendons.

Whether you’re a fitness runner looking to conquer hills with more speed or strength or a competitive runner looking for that extra bit of performance and a finishing kick, Running Anatomy will ensure that you’re ready to deliver your personal best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736082303
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 595,239
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joe Puleo is the head men’s and women’s cross-country and track and field coach at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. He is also the head running for the U.S. Marine Corps Global Running Program. His responsibilities as lead instructor include coaching the United States Marine Corps global running program.

His previous 20 years of experience include coaching multiple high school state champions in track and field; NCAA Division III All-Americans in the 100-meter, the 800-meter (indoor and outdoor), and cross-country; male and female winners at the prestigious Penn Relays and NYRRC Marathon Tune-Up races; the 2008 USAT amateur duathlete of the year; and an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon. Puleo has also coached three World Championship teams for the United States Armed Forces, two marathon teams, and a cross-country team.

Formerly a nationally ranked age-group triathlete, Puleo has competed in over 100 multisport events and over 300 cross-country, track, and road races since 1985. Puleo lives in Phoenixville and Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lyndi, and their three children.

Patrick Milroy has been the chief medical officer for the Road Runners Club in Great Britain since 1998. From 1991 to 2007, he was a medical advisor and contributor to Runner’s World Magazine and for 10 years before was similarly involved with its precursors Jogging Magazine and Running Magazine. While working in general medical practice, Dr. Milroy was chief medical officer and sole medical practitioner for the North Cheshire Sports Injuries Clinic from 1984 to 2002.

Dr. Milroy has received the award of fellow twice from the Institute of Sports Medicine in 1999 and from the UK Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2006. He has served as a medical officer for many athletic events, including the World Half Marathon Championships, Commonwealth Games, Team England Commonwealth Games (four times), British Athletics Federation, and Great Britain team at the World Junior Championships (three times) and European Junior Championships (two times).

Dr. Milroy is the author of Sports Injuries, coauthor of the AAA Runner’s Guide, and author of numerous other articles on sport and exercise topics for journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is also an accomplished runner as winner of the World Medical Games 5000 meters and half marathon in 1980, 1982, and 1984 and winner of the European Medical Games 20K, 5K, and 1500 meters in 1983. His personal best in the marathon is 2 hours 26 minutes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Evolution of the Human Runner

Chapter 2: Cardiovascular and Cardiorespiratory Components

Chapter 3: The Runner in Motion

Chapter 4: Adaptations for Speed and Terrain

Chapter 5: Upper Torso

Chapter 6: Arms and Shoulders

Chapter 7: Core

Chapter 8: Upper Legs

Chapter 9: Lower Legs and Feet

Chapter 10: Common Running Injuries

Chapter 11: Anatomy of Running Footwear

Chapter 12: Full-Body Conditioning

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Well written and informative, Running Anatomy offers readers an inside look at what it means to be a runner and how to get to the next level."

Dr. Neil Liebman Team Chiropractor Philadelphia 76ers

“Aided by wonderful illustrations, Dr. Patrick Milroy and coach Joe Puleo provide fascinating insights into the evolution and physiology of running. They show how improving strength and balance can help you go faster and further in this deceptively simple sport."

John Hanc, Contributing Editor, Runner's World

"Become stronger, faster, and smarter on the road, track, or cross country course. This book is a must-have if you are looking to take your running to the next level."

Todd Williams

Two-Time Olympian

15,000-meter U.S. record holder

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Running Anatomy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
G-Luv More than 1 year ago
This is a book that strives to give the runner an understanding of human anatomy and the mechanics of running. The authors have linked the two in such a way that the reader gains a true knowledge and appreciation of the timing and intricacies involved in something that seems so outwardly simplistic, yet is anything but. Examples of just how thorough a book this is are found in Chapters 4 and 11. These two chapters discuss how outside influences in the running cycle (shoe mechanics, uneven ground reactive forces, differences in terrain, etc.) have a direct effect on the biomechanics of running. Providing an in-depth explanation of the internal and external mechanics of the running cycle. At the same time, like the rest of the book, these chapters are written in a way that is both very easy to understand and absorb. Together with wonderful illustrations and thorough easy to understand descriptions, both Joe Puleo and Dr. Milroy have provided a great tool in helping the running enthusiast to improve his or her overall performance, fitness, and prevention of injury. Whilst at the same time gaining a better appreciation of the human body's form and function. I highly recommend this book to any person who loves running. Whether it be novice or pro, short track to ultra distance, you will truly never look at this great sport/lifestyle again in the same way. Dr. Gregory Ng
Bill_Preston More than 1 year ago
Many running books tell you what to do but this one tells you why you need to do specific exercises and gives a thorough description of how to do them correctly with excellent illustrations. This is a book that should be on the corner of every coaches desk and more importantly in the hands of any runner who wishes to become more efficient with their running form and develop an injury free running career. The novice runner, every day jogger and accomplished runner can all profit fom this comprehensive work.