Bruce Wilk has written one of the most comprehensive guides to injury recovery I’ve ever seen outside of a textbook. In many ways, it’s better than a textbook, as it provides practical actionable advice to a broad audience. While remaining written in a way that a lay-reader (the intended audience) can understand, the material is also great for professionals: it’s evidence based with plenty of primary references – no quick-fix quackery here.
Going beyond simply explaining injuries, their prevention and management, are practical guidelines and images (which I particularly enjoyed) of self-treatment techniques and exercises. This adds tremendous value to the reader, and is likely exactly what people are looking for. A fair treatment of many trends in running – barefoot, for example – is also given. After reading this, one will be able to make informed decisions regarding their recovery.
One downside is that the book is fairly long, but much of this includes images and appendixes that help tremendously with carrying out the program. The length may be a deterrent to many people who are looking for quick fixes – but let that be a lesson to everyone: there are no shortcuts. This book is long and thorough because it has to be. Your injury isn’t going to recover in one day, so you might as well sit down and read.
I don’t like to give good reviews very often… actually, I only review books I recommend. Reviewing a bad book has the risk of encouraging its consumption, much like repeating myths reinforces peoples beliefs in them. But I mean it when I say I am impressed with this book.
Overall, this is a great reference for casual runners, elite athletes, and healthcare professionals alike. No doubt that this book will help many people overcome their injuries.