Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion

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Ulysses Press, Dec 29, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 144 pages
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This book teaches a revolutionary warm-up routine that improves performance during exercise, training, and athletic competition. Dynamic stretching may increase muscle strength up to 30 percent over static stretching and this book offers over 200 step-by-step photographs clearly illustrate each stretching movement. Groundbreaking research has made the shocking discovery that static stretching, a traditional mainstay of athletes' warm-ups, has a measurable negative impact on performance. Holding a stretch for 30 seconds or longer doesn't prepare a muscle for exercise, it weakens the muscle. Already, many top athletes and trainers have abandoned static stretching in favor of dynamic stretching. Now Dynamic Stretching teaches athletes and exercise enthusiasts everything they need to know. The book explains the physiology behind this breakthrough in sports performance. Then it presents a complete catalog of dynamic stretches with detailed instructions and step-by-step photos of each sequence. Lastly, it presents dynamic stretching warm-up programs that have been carefully designed for the individual needs of athletes in 30 different sports, including running, tennis, basketball, baseball and softball, football, hockey, skiing, and many others.
 

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Contents

gettingstarted
7
theprograms
21
theexercises
47
endnotes
106
recommendedreading
108
index
109
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Mark Kovacs Ph.D. is Manager of Sports Science for the United States Tennis Association Player Development. He was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach. Mark is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal.

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