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The Anatomy of Stretching: Your Illustrated Guide to Flexibility and Injury Rehabilitation [Paperback]

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Book Description

30 Jan 2011
When The Anatomy of Stretching was originally published, it was the first book to cover the topic of anatomy and physiology for stretching and flexibility. Since then others have been written, but no other book on the subject contains more examples of stretching exercises, or is able to take detailed anatomical information and present it in a way that is easy for everyone to understand. This is where The Anatomy of Stretching is different: it is able to take you inside the body and show you both the primary and secondary muscles in action during the stretching process. The Anatomy of Stretching looks at stretching from every angle, including: physiology and flexibility; the benefits of stretching; the different types of stretching; rules for safe stretching; and how to stretch properly. Aimed at fitness enthusiasts of any level, as well as fitness pros, The Anatomy of Stretching also focuses on which stretches are useful for the alleviation or rehabilitation of specific sports injuries. Plus in this second edition, over twenty new stretches have been added; the chapter on physiology has been expanded; more detailed anatomy has been included with each stretching chapter; the top five stretches for a range of sports and sports injuries are listed; and a new numbering system has been included to help reference each stretch.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905367295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905367290
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A really excellent manual, ideal for yoga as well as for all other
exercise regimes. Comprehensive and well researched. -- Yoga & Health, April 2007

An impressive, helpful, and useful title; each page with clearly
labelled diagrams and pivotal information for each stretch. -- Positive Health, May 2007 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Look out also for three new wall charts based on the drawings from this book: Upper Body stretches, Lower Body stretches, and Core and Back stretches. There are 16 stretches per chart, and they look great on the wall of any gym or therapy room. Available on Amazon through the market place seller. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book On Stretching 4 Mar 2011
By kk-star
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I cannot recommend this book enough if you would like to know more about stretching for exercise or rehabilitation.
This book provides details on the types of stretching and how they should be used, and the make up and actions of muscles at the beginning of the book. Then the book is broken down into to exercises for the different parts of the body. Each individual exercise has at least one, but sometimes a number of really clear diagrams showing the stretch and the muscles being used. Then their are sections on the technique that should be used for the stretch, sports that would benefit from the stretch, sports injuries where the stretch may be useful, additional information for performing the stretch correctly, and details of other stretches that would complement the stretch.
This is one of the best books I have found on stretching exercises, and I use it all the time for reference for myself and for teaching points for the sports participants I coach.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strrrrreeeeetch! 5 Mar 2011
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I bought this book after reading numerous reviews on Amazon and I'm very pleased with it. Splendidly illustrated and very easy to follow, it will add many new stretches to my fitness regime. The first part of the book has comprehensive and very helpful advice on how to stretch properly. I've already adjusted my approach on the basis of this and found that the stretches are more satisfying and more effective. Many years ago I injured my spine and stretching, mobility and strengthening exercises have been a daily norm for ever since. I know how important stretching is for recovery and continued flexibility; this book has extended my knowledge.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Clear & Concise book 24 April 2012
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I was looking for a book which would help me in my job as a massage therapist, predominately dealing with people with sports injuries. This is a great book with very easy to follow diagrams and explanations for particular muscle groups and a great section on specific stretches for sports activities. A brilliant book for those who, like me, doesn't like to be bombarded with text and prefers visual explanations to exercises.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 12 Sep 2011
By Liz Bee
This is the best stretching guide I have seen! I'm a medical student so I found it the perfect balance between science and normal speak - though don't be put off by the fact it has science in it, it is very simply but very accurate, not like a lot of the nonsense I have seen. It is a simple book explaining when each different type of stretching is most appropriate and why, and suggests some good stretches for common injuries and warm ups/cool downs for common sports. The stretches themselves are illustrated beautifully so you can see exactly what you are meant to be doing and which muscles you should be stretching/feeling and they are arranged in a very logical regional manner - i.e. all the arms ones then upper body then core/belly/hips then upper legs -quads, upper legs - hamstrings, lower legs -shins, ankles etc.

All in all one of the best books I've ever purchased, it's made the round of my family who have all agreed with me as well (non medics but sportsy).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help for back and other joint/muscle problems 12 Dec 2011
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Very good for sportspeople and 'lay' users. Clear concise illustrations, very useful as an adjunct to exercises given to me by Physiotherapist.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent book and worthy of 5 stars for the right person. And according to the books own introduction it is written for 'athletes and fitness professionals'. It is a pity that this information is not given in the product details, and downright strange that a number of reviews say it's good for the beginner or 'the average person'. My 3 stars are based on the lack of really clear info prior to buying the book.

This book offers over a hundred stretches with lots of technical detail and excellent illustrations. It also offers stretching routines for sports injuries and specific sports. However, what's missing is any sort of guidance for the person who wishes to add a more general flexibility routine to their activities. If it had that then it would be perfect for what I want - brilliant stretches for any injuries I might receive, plus a range of general stretching routines to use everyday.

In summary - I think this is an brilliant book, providing you are the athlete or sports professional it was specifically written for, or if you want the best stretches for any current and future injuries and sports. But don't buy it if you just want a great guide to general stretching and flexibility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By J.L.W.B
This is a really helpful and well written book. Diagrams are in colour and easy to follow, its made up of quick one or two paragraph descriptions (after the legnthy introduction that is!) which make it ideal for those that prefer or need to get fast results or basic answers to questions.

I would advise this to anyone who is new or intermediate with exercising or stretching. It does what it says on the tin and very well, taught me new things! If your a world famous athelete or a physiology student its going to be wasted on you but for the rest of us normal people its well worth a read though may be too heavy to carry to and from the gym every day which would be my main gripe: not as portible as it could be.

Only things (aside from the portability issue) I'd raise would be that it could be perhaps more in depth as it is quite a general book: it deals with the entire body not just one section. It does have some depth but it could have more.
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Published 12 days ago by eiram
5.0 out of 5 stars Get stretching
Whether you need to stretch for health, fitness or rehabilitation this book is very interesting. If you have a curious mind like me then it is very interesting to read in more... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynda
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A really great book with very good illustrations and easy explanation, covers all the main areas of the body
that needs stretching.
Published 4 months ago by santie greyling
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
This book opened my eyes with regard to stretching! It has instilled in me the importance of stretching and now I try to stretch mornings and evenings. Read more
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A really good and useful book for understanding muscles and stretching. Recommended by my physio and she is always right.
Published 4 months ago by Lor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for everyone
Everyone needs to stretch and this book does the job! no matter if your training or just want to improve this book is good all round
Published 5 months ago by kiki
5.0 out of 5 stars helping the back
my husband recently had a back operation and needed to do stretching after his exercise programme. This book has a number of stretches for every body part, An excellent purchase.
Published 5 months ago by john michael dobson and janet dobson
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference manual
I do a lot of cycling and running, and have problems with tight hamstrings, occasional IT band issues and frequent muscular niggles so I bought this to help with my stretching... Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide
Very comprehensive yet simple to track and use. Good clear diagrams and easy to dip into. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Published 6 months ago by Silver given
5.0 out of 5 stars stretching
Good purchase as i workin a boarding school and the children are aged 13-18years ,so we have lots of sports injurys and stretching is a good way to prevent a lot of injurys... Read more
Published 7 months ago by joanne woodward
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