Science of Flexibility

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Human Kinetics, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 355 pages

Gain a well-rounded understanding of the principles underlying stretching and flexibility with the updated third edition of Science of Flexibility.This practical text includes illustrated stretching exercises with a concentration on muscle structure and the technical nature of stretching. You will learn about the principles and clinical aspects of flexibility, the factors limiting flexibility, as well as techniques to enhance flexibility throughout the body.

Based on the latest research, Science of Flexibility, Third Edition, provides a comprehensive examination of the scientific, anatomical, and clinical principles of stretching. A 16-page appendix features 60 illustrated stretching exercises. A basic stretching exercise is given for every major part of the body--starting with the toes and plantar arches in the feet, on to the quadriceps and hip flexors, trunk and back, and finishing with the neck, shoulders, and arms.

The new edition also includes many additional features:

-An expanded research section with 2,100 scholarly and professional references

-Boxes within the text that expand discussion of stretching-related topics such as elasticity, collagen and scarring, and altered stretch perception

-Redrawn tables and figures as well as new illustrations

-New information on several sports and artistic disciplines, including music and dance, and their functional aspects of stretching
In addition, detailed illustrations and graphs, along with expanded captions and more than 30 photos, help showcase important concepts and the muscular components involved in flexibility and stretching. Science of Flexibility, Third Edition,is an excellent reference for anyone seeking the most current information and a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of stretching and flexibility.


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Elastic Tissue
Effects of Immobilization on Connective Tissue
Vascular Tissue
Factors Affecting the Mechanical Properties
Additional Classifications
Stretching and Special
Flexibility and People With Physical Disabilities
The Hip Joint
and Flexibility
Anatomy and Flexibility of
Limits on Range of Motion of the Thoracic

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About the author (2004)

Michael J. Alter, MS, is a former gymnast, coach, and nationally certified men's gymnastics judge. Currently a high school history teacher, Alter has authored two previous editions of Science of Flexibility, as well as the Sport Stretch series.

Alter has been a guest lecturer at annual meetings across the country, including the Chiropractic Sports Science Symposium and the Scientific Meeting of the North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine. He earned his master's degree in health education from Florida International University.

In his leisure time, Alter enjoys working out, writing, and listening to classical music.

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