Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tread Lightly Book Reviews

Reviews for Tread Lightly are starting to roll in – here are some examples of what people are saying:


From Dr. Casey Kerrigan, former Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia, author of 90+ scientific articles on human locomotion and gait, and current owner of OESH Footwear:

Among things like running form and nutrition, the book debunks, in a nice systematic way, a number of long-held myths about traditional running shoe design. Pete, the scientist, runner and creator of the most popular blog on running, Runblogger.com, explains a number of findings from my studies on gait and footwear. He also highlights the continued work of my friend and former employee, Jay Dicharry, P.T., who, since I left, now runs the gait laboratory at the University of Virginia, which includes Jay’s now famous Speed Clinic.

The book reviews a number of scientific studies that elucidate the major flaws in traditional athletic shoe design; specifically foam cushioning and technologies that attempt to “control pronation.” In fact, there is an entire chapter, aptly titled “A pronation nation,” explaining how the long-held tradition of attempting to block pronation with arch supports and medial supports in shoes is not only ineffective, but in fact may be detrimental. For example, a study I did (with Jay Dicharry and others) in 2007 showed that even a tiny off-the-shelf arch cushion increases knee joint torque associated with knee osteoarthritis. The chapter supports what I’ve always said: we ALL pronate and for good reason – to protect our joints upward from the foot.”

Read Casey Kerrigan’s full review.


From Jason Robillard, author of The Barefoot Running Book and Barefoot Running University:

The topics they discuss are the exact same topics I’ve been discussing with running store employees and podiatrists… and we’re closing in on some degree of agreement on some fundamental elements of running form. This book very well could be the book that triggers the tipping point I talk about frequently. It’s the single most sensible treatise on running form I’ve ever read.

This book should be required reading for anyone involved in the running industry, including:

  • Novice runners
  • Experienced runners
  • Coaches
  • Researchers
  • Medical professionals
  • Shoe designers
  • Shoe marketers
  • Shoe distributors
  • Retail shoe store owners, managers, and employees
  • Parents

That’s right. If you’re on this list, order this book today. It is THAT important to furthering our understanding of what it means to reduce running injuries. The book was so intriguing, I woke up at 3 am the last two mornings to complete it despite recovering from Sunday’s 50 miler and subsequent 18 hour car ride back to Michigan.

Link to Jason’s full review.


From Blaise Dubois, physiotherapist at Laval University in Quebec, Canada, consultant for the Canadian National Track and Field Team, and head of The Running Clinic website.

“Without being a health professional, his (Pete’s) passion for running brought him to write with impressive accuracy. His intelligence, his thinking ability and his scientific rigor make him one of the best critics I know about the prevention of running injuries. Therefore, I strongly recommend his book called "Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running", which I consider as the best book of the year! For beginners or experts, this book is a must-read. Loaded with knowledge, but being readable at the same time, it is definitely the one to buy in 2012!”


From Mike LaChapelle of How 2 Run Fast:

“Tread Lightly is well-written and very thoroughly researched. It will appeal to runners who are looking for an in-depth look at the history of running and running shoes, as well as a glimpse into its future.”

Read Mike’s full review here.

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