Facilitated Stretching

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Human Kinetics, 2007 - Medical - 183 pages
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The third edition of Facilitated Stretching is now revised, reorganized, and packaged with a DVD--surpassing its popular predecessor as the best source for the latest PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching techniques.

Facilitated Stretching, Third Edition, provides a useful overview of PNF stretching--a safe and easy-to-use method that involves stretching the muscle, contracting it isometrically against resistance, then stretching it again to a new range of motion. These steps apply whether you are isolating one muscle at a time or using the spiral-diagonal patterns of PNF to stretch groups of muscles simultaneously. The third edition contains all the great features of the previous edition, plus the following:
-A companion DVD that demonstrates live stretching techniques from the book for a clearer understanding

-New stretching routines for a variety of popular activities including running, golf, swimming, cycling, and throwing and racket sports

-General stretches and stretches for older participants

-Stretching activities with added strength work using stability balls and elastic bands

-Stretching and strengthening tips for dealing with--and even preventing--common soft-tissue injuries
The new edition has also been reorganized using a regional approach to presenting muscle group functions around specific joints. You will learn how to stretch each major muscle in the body, both individually and in groups. In addition, you will discover how to appropriately use group pattern stretches to improve flexibility and coordination and individual muscle stretches to relax tight muscles and break up adhesions within or between muscles. Instruction is provided for using the techniques on your own or with a partner.

More than 350 photographs showing the progression of stretches enrich the book while the new 60-minute DVD demonstrates the stretches and strengthening exercises in even more detail. Icons are featured throughout the text, indicating which exercises are demonstrated on the DVD. A unique binding also allows you to lay the book flat while performing the exercises without losing your place. The DVD serves as a great visual tool for improving your technique and getting the most out of your routines.

An ideal reference for fitness professionals, Facilitated Stretching, Third Edition, provides techniques to help athletes, patients, and clients improve flexibility, strength, and coordination while also treating and preventing injuries. Students in massage therapy, athletic training, and other professional training programs will discover how to use facilitated stretching in conjunction with massage and other manual therapy techniques. A test package is also available for instructors and is conveniently offered through a product-specific Web site: www.HumanKinetics.com/FacilitatedStretching.

With Facilitated Stretching, Third Edition, you have a cutting-edge tool packed with the latest PNF stretching techniques to help you assess current muscle function, improve range of motion, increase strength, reduce overuse injuries, and enhance performance.


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Layout of book and extensive photos focus on showing and explaining actually how to properly do the stretches. The companioin DVD is also helpful. I am pleased with the quality of the bindingprinting ... Read full review

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This book is very useful in everyday life. I am a massage therapist and I gives me wonderful stretchs for my clients. Read full review


CHAPTER2 Focusing on Facilitated Stretching
CHAPTER3 Using the SpiralDiagonal Patterns of PNF
The Stretches
Stretches for the Upper Extremity
Stretches for the Neck and Torso
Beyond the Basics
Stretching Routines for Specific Activities
Routines for Common Soft Tissue Injuries
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Sport Stretch
Michael J. Alter
Limited preview - 1998
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About the author (2007)

Robert McAtee, BA, LMT, CSCS, C-PThas been a sport massage therapist since 1981, specializing in sport and orthopedic massage therapy. Since 1988 he has maintained an active, international sport massage practice in Colorado Springs, CO.

McAtee has been using facilitated stretching techniques with clients and athletes since 1986. He teaches facilitated stretching and sport massage seminars throughout the United States and internationally to massage therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, chiropractors, Olympic-caliber athletes and coaches, and amateur athletes.

He has been a keynote speaker and featured presenter at numerous national and international conventions. He was one of only 180 massage therapists selected from a field of 800 applicants to be on the medical services team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

McAtee received his massage training at the Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB) in Los Angeles and San Diego (1981-82) and through the Sports Massage Training Institute (SMTI) in Costa Mesa, California (1986). He holds a BA in Psychology from California State University (1974), is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (1992), is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (1998), and an ACE-certified personal trainer (2006).

McAtee regularly presents workshops on facilitated stretching, massage, and soft-tissue injury care nationally and internationally. For more information, please contact him at

Pro-Active Massage Therapy
1119 N. Wahsatch Ave., Suite 1
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Tel: 719-475-1172
Website: www.stretchman.com

Jeff Charland, PT, ATC, CSCS, GDMT,was a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison physical therapy program, where he also competed as a varsity wrestler on a scholarship. Beginning in 1987, Charland lectured in the areas of sports medicine, rehabilitation, and assessment and treatment of neural tissue disorders. He was a team trainer and traveled internationally with the U.S. Judo and U.S. Wrestling Federations' national and Olympic teams.

Charland completed the graduate program in manipulative therapy at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, under the direction of Bob Elvey, a world-renowned physiotherapist. He was a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. In 1997, he earned a certification in active release techniques. He also served as director of a sports physical therapy clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Charland passed away during the preparation of this third edition.

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