Sport Stretch

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Human Kinetics, 1998 - Health & Fitness - 223 pages
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This new edition of Sport Stretch is a complete guide to flexibility for both weekend warriors and elite competitors. It features more stretches than the first edition, a new user-friendly layout, and more background information on the hows and whys of stretching.

The centerpieces of this comprehensive book are its illustrations and step-by-step guidelines for 311 different stretches. The stretches can be used individually or grouped with other stretches to form a personalized flexibility program.

Athletes looking to use the stretches to improve performance in a specific sport will love the book's Stretching Program section. It's full of handy tables that detail the most effective exercises for individual sports. There are sample programs for 41 sports in all!

Sport Stretchalso provides a selection of ""All Star"" stretches. These include the single best stretches for 28 muscle groups and the 12 best stretches overall. The exercises are perfect to use for warming up and cooling down.

For those who are looking for background information on flexibility, this book explains the basic principles of stretching and describes how the body responds during stretching. Readers will discover what causes muscle soreness, how increased flexibility translates directly into better performance and lessens the chances of injury, and more.

Sport Stretchhas everything athletes need to limber up and play their best. It takes the guesswork out of stretching by providing 311 exercises for 41 sports.

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Contents

UNDERSTANDING FLEXIBILITY
1
The Benefits of Stretching
2
What Happens When You Stretch?
10
Stretching Techniques
11
What Causes Muscle Soreness?
17
Appropriate Injury Management
20
Adding a Stretching Program to Your Workout
21
The Controversy About Stretching
24
Martial Arts Advanced
59
Race Walking
60
Rowing Kayaking and Canoeing
61
Sailing and Windsurfing
62
Skiing Alpine
63
Soccer International Football
64
Squash
65
Swimming
66

Advanced Stretches
25
ALLSTAR STRETCHES
29
12 AllStar Stretches
30
28 Maximal Isolation AllStars
32
STRETCHING ROUTINES FOR SPECIFIC SPORTS
37
Archery
38
Baseball Softball and Cricket General Field Players
39
Baseball Softball Pitchers and Cricket Bowlers
40
Basketball
41
Bowling
42
CrossCountry Skiing
43
Cycling and Triathlon
44
Dance Beginning
45
Dance Advanced
46
Diving 3 to 10Meter
47
Figure Skating
48
Football Offensive Line and Defensive Line
49
Football Defensive Backs and Receivers
50
Golf
51
Gymnastics
52
Hiking and Backpacking
53
Ice Hockey
54
InLine Skating
55
Jogging
56
Lacrosse
57
Martial Arts Beginning
58
Table Tennis
67
Tennis Racquetball and Handball
68
Track and Field High Jump and Pole Vault
69
Track and Field Hurdles Long and TripleJumps and Sprints
70
Track and Field Discus Hammer Throw Javelin and Shot Put
71
Volleyball
72
Water Skiing
73
Weight Lifting
74
Weight Lifting Very Light Weights
75
Wrestling
76
ILLUSTRATED INSTRUCTIONS FOR 311 STRETCHES
77
Feet and Ankles
79
Lower Legs
84
Hamstrings
101
Adductors
114
Quadriceps
128
Hips and Gluteals
137
Lower Torso
155
Upper Back
178
Neck
181
Pectorals
189
Shoulders
194
Arms and Wrists
210
References
219
About the Author
223
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About the author (1998)


A former gymnast, coach, and nationally certified men's
gymnastics judge, Michael J. Alter is an expert on the subject of stretching. He is the author of Science of Flexibility, Science of Stretching, and the first edition of Sport Stretch.

Alter earned his MS in health education from Florida International University in 1976. He taught high school physical education and coached gymnastics for several years prior to his current position in Miami as a high school teacher.

Alter has been a guest lecturer at annual meetings across the country, including the 1994 Chiropractic Sports Science Symposium and the 1992 Scientific Meeting of the North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine.

In his leisure time, Alter enjoys bicycling, listening to classical music, working out with weights, and studying sports medicine.

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