The Anatomy of Stretching Paperback – 10 Apr 2007
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About the Author
Brad Walker is an internationally recognized stretching and sports injury consultant with over twenty years of practical experience in the health and fitness industry. Brad is a Health Science graduate of the University of New England (Assoc. Dip. Health Science (Sport and Exercise)) and has postgraduate accreditations in athletics, swimming, and triathlon coaching. Brad has worked with elite-level and world champion athletes and lectures for Sports Medicine Australia on injury prevention. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book if you need to stretch and know which muscle is involvedPublished 9 days ago by Duckpond
excellent book for any student studying sportPublished 1 month ago by Pat Jeffries and ray jeffries