The Long Distance Runner’s Guide to Injury Prevention and Treatment Book Review

If you run, which you probably do if you’re reading this blog, you know that running and injuries can sometimes be synonymous. That is why it’s important to have a book like The Long Distance Runner’s Guide to Injury Prevention and Treatment – How to avoid common problems and deal with them when they happen by Dr. Brian Krabak, Dr. Grant Lipman and Dr. Brandee L. Waite, on your bookshelf.

The book is a resource book. It’s not a book that you read cover to cover.

It talks about the “barefoot running” trend and what shoes work for what type of feet. The authors also discuss hydration and its importance in injury prevention.

There’s a whole chapter on blisters. (I wish I had this book when I was preparing for the NYC Marathon because “blister” was my middle name! I didn’t even know you could get blisters under toe nails.) The Long Distance Runner’s Guide to Injury Prevention and Treatment talks about what to do and how to treat blisters. They also have information on knee pain and other common runner’s ailments.

There are chapters dedicated to running in the heat and running in the cold to running in higher altitudes and various gastro problems. You name it, there’s a chapter on it.

This isn’t the type of book to read in one sitting. It’s a fantastic reference guide for prevention or for treatment of anything that can happen to you as a result of running long distances. It’s definitely a book for your bookshelf!