The Anatomy of Stretching Paperback – 30 Aug 2007
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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
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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.See all Product Description
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The theory of stretching is covered clearly but briskly, hence why sports scientists may want to look elsewhere. However the bonus of this book is the clear depictions of every suggested stretch showing how to execute the stretch, the anatomy involved, which sports and injuries the stretch is beneficial for and any related stretches.
This has made it really easy to put together some routines I can complete in about 30-40 minutes whilst watching TV. The illustrations are really clear meaning you can check your form whilst performing the stretch.
For those interested in flexibility more as a means of relaxing and relieving stress in addition to fitness conditioning I would recommend The Supple Body: The New Way to Fitness, Strength and Flexibility by Sara Black instead as you may find this a bit stark. Athletes may also want to consult Black's book to complement this one with some refresher routines.
I work as a Physio Assistant and I am also a Sports Massage Practitioner so I have seen a few!
It's pictures are clear and the breakdown of the stretch is concise and helpful. I also like that it links stretches so if you done one for hamstrings it will link it with another useful hamstring stretch.
I was so pleased with it that on showing it to my Senior Physio he made me buy another one for the team!
A very good book and a useful edition to anyone who needs to review stretching!
The other reviews here are all very good - so my expectations was high:
I expected drawings in the same quality as in Frederic Delavier's books on anatomy in strenght training - while the illustrations in The Anatomy of Stretching shows the involved muscle rather well - the artistic level of the drawings are not nearly as good as in the Frederic Delavier books.
I also expected if not all stretches in the world - then a good selection of all know stretches.
Here the books is disapointing in 2 ways:
1. There are a lot of known (to me) stretches not inclueded and some areas like how to stretch the latisimus dorsi is not covered very well.
2. some stretches are repeated up til 4 times - the stretch where you sit with your legs apart and stretches down between them is covered under 4 sections - back, bouttocks, hamstrings and calves - even the text is almost identical. Besides using up page space and pumping up the number of claimed stretches - it would also be better is the 4 uses ogf the same stretch was covered in the same place.
Another gripe is that the actualy technique invovlved in each stretch is very shortly described - while there is a rather stupid list of sports the particular stretch will benefit - repeated over and over.
Also the first chapter dealing with the good and bad of stratching is VERY short and doesn't go very much beyond "stretching is good if done right".
After reading the book I concluded that I can't use it as my only source for stretches - but I'll have to rely on the web as well as other book.
When this is said the book is usefull and holds a lot of good stretches and information.
Its just not fantastic.
A picture is worth a thousand words and the anatomical illustrations in this book are just superb, providing a real insight into how stretches impact in terms of anatomy. It's an excellent guide to stretching effectively and safely. The text complements the illustrations perfectly, telling you everything practical you'd want to know without bogging you down in too much technical detail.
My only criticism is that the binding is poor and because I've been using the book so regularly some of the pages have become detached from the spine. To avoid this, I'd recommend copying the pages that you need and working off the copied sheets. But that aside, you won't make a better investment in maintaining your fitness than to buy this book and put its information into practice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book but lets face it who really wants to stretch? Its uncomfortable.Published 6 months ago by M. F. Tarrant
Excellent and informative.
A lot of detail and clear explanations of what is going on when you use the examples.
This has proved to be a very useful tool for my work, clear concise pictures and instructions easy to follow.Published on 15 Feb. 2014 by LesleyQ
content simple, informative a lot of useful info to help you manage your own injuries before going for money costing advise.Published on 24 Feb. 2013 by Clare Harrison
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