Last week I reviewed Tom Goom’s Running Physio Guide: Injury Prevention.
This week’s ‘Best and Worst of’ is on Chris Johnson’s Drills for Runners to Master e-book.
It’s a 21 page e-book that costs $9.99. He covers 16 different exercises/drills for runners to master as well as short discussions on the common denominators of running, selecting running shoes, and lacing techniques.
Things I liked
- I really like how he lists the risk factors, and corresponding references, for running-related injuries (RRI) in the introduction
- How he talks about the dilemma rehab professionals face when treating runners, specifically because the biggest risk factor for developing a RRI is having a prior injury
- He sets a solid framework of what the drills/exercises in this book will entail.
- He breaks down exactly what equipment would be needed and how to use this e-book. This seems self-explanatory but I’ve read several, much lengthier e-books that include so much good information but don’t provide a simple framework about how to implement it.
- With each exercise he provides a rationale for why the exercise is being performed (so important), specific written instructions on how to perform the exercise, a video of the exercise, what a successful repetition would entail, what would be considered mastery of each exercise, and common errors (probably my favorite part).
- He made a succinct version of a previous blog post about the ‘Common Denominators of Running’ with lots of evidence to support his statements.
- He provides 5 over-arching statements he calls the ‘5 Commandments of Running’. I really like this because it provides a general, more succinct guide to RRI based on research and other information provided in this book. It has some technical language (which I enjoy) but I believe this could easily be printed or adapted (while providing credit, of course) and used as a tool for patient education.
- He has a nice section on running cadence that includes relevant research, how to evaluate cadence, and how to address it.
- My favorite part of his entire book is his section on ‘Shoe Selection’. I worked in a specialty running store, Fleet Feet, Sports Augusta for 7 years throughout college. I love the experience there and the insight or my bosses and coworkers. But I believe shoe companies and cherry-picked research really try to create these laws for running shoe selection that don’t really exist. This post isn’t about all of that though 🙂 He states the conflicting body of literature for running shoes decreasing RRI and provides several different recommendations for selecting the appropriate running shoe.
- The price. $9.99!
- Bonus: He was quick to respond via email.
Things I didn’t enjoy
- Despite my praise of his section on shoe selection, I would have liked to see an article or two referenced. Or maybe, even preferably, his own clinically driven opinion for buzz words used in the industry such as arch type, pronation, minimal shoes, heel-to-toe drop, etc in the selection of a running shoe. I agree with everything he said, and who am I to disagree with it anyway, but I don’t believe those terms are to be entirely ignored when selecting a proper running shoe. Even if I believe the general fit is most important. However, this book was not about that stuff at all. It was about drills for runners to master. Anything he added was bonus material.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book. Even if you hate it, it costs less than $10. I’ve bought $50 e-books that I’ve gotten less out of.
I really appreciate what Chris Johnson does to represent physical therapy in the online world.