The author makes her point many times that it is not just the motor learning of the exercises in this book that is important. It is more about discovering the delicate keys that unlock the system. The JEMS approach explained in the introduction on page 9 encapsulates the ethos of the book very nicely & if you can take a sneak preview then read this. If all you do with this book is flick through & `check out' the exercises you will be missing a very big opportunity for change. Some of the exercises on first viewing could be mistaken for mainstream; you will have maybe seen some of them before. But the magic of this approach is in the fine detail and to get the very best that this book has to offer I urge you to start at the beginning and read the text preferably from beginning to end. Be willing to challenge your thinking and your approaches to date. Be open & sensitive to the fine tuning that the approach requires and be prepared for the degree of accuracy in your understanding & handling that changes the outcomes from ordinary to extraordinary.
The book is an excellent way of either learning or refreshing your knowledge of applied anatomy & mechanics. It uses good photographs & diagrams to explain the points being made. There are good progressions with tips & hints of what poor performance would look like to help guide your application and there are priority tests & phased exercises for specific sports. Joanne's use of language is refreshing, thought provoking & effective.
If you have a copy of the 1st edition I would still highly recommend having the 2nd edition also. There is quite a lot of new material which enhances the readers understanding of this approach. Enjoy!
Joanne your book has made a huge difference to my approach to coaching and in particular the way in which I monitor the way my athletes move. Your work is a major part of my athletes training programmes and has informed my thinking to such an extent that I believe that without the application of the principles so clearly expressed and demonstrated within the pages of your book we are failing to optimise our athletes potential.
Your new book is tremendous and is used like a bible. I think it should be used by all coaches as the starting point. Coaches become good at setting programmes, planning competitions, developing competition strategies but they miss the most important point of all;the balanced movement and efficient transfer of energy throughout the full structure is key to maximizing performance and avoiding injury. Your book spells this out for me, I am so pleased that we have you to call on but for those who do not they have your book.
This is the book I always come back to if I struggle with a client, and to which I always refer before I prepare a term of exercise programmes. As a physiotherapist, the underlying principles of assessment and management described in this book are the most pertinent I have used in the 20 years since qualification: holistic and functional. Joanne's principles are the polar opposite to the reductionist tendencies of most other approaches to the management of movement dysfunction and the book explains her philosophies clearly. That is the other absolute bonus with this book: it invites many other relevant disciplines to use the same approach, from personal trainer, to strength and conditioning coach, to chiropractor or osteopath. All Physio students should have access to this.
The best book on the subject I have ever used. Written in a style easily understood by professionals and non professionals. The diagrams are excellent. Would recommend this book to anyone interested in impoving their flexibility and strength and injury prevention.