June 19, 2012
Big, bulky running shoe? Barely-there footwear? Biology professor Peter Larson has tried both, as well as the ultra-minimalist barefoot style of running. He describes them all, investigates the science behind how they change your running form, and explores how shoes and form are related to injuries, in his new book.
The associate professor of biology has published Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running, which he co-authored with Bill Katovsky.
In addition to exploring runners' injuries, the authors search for potential solutions to the injury epidemic. The paperback was released by Skyhorse Press June 1.
Larson is also the author of Runblogger, a blog on running shoe innovation and the science of running. He chairs the biology department and teaches exercise physiology, comparative anatomy, and human anatomy and physiology. His latest research activities focus on the biomechanics of running. He has completed eight marathons since 2007 including qualifying for and completing the Boston Marathon in 2011.
For information on his book, visit www.treadlightlybook.com.