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Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion Paperback – December 29, 2009
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Dr. Kovacs is the Executive Director of the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA) which is the worldwide leader in tennis specific performance, education and certification (www.itpa-tennis.org). He was a collegiate All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing human performance research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach as well as a USPTA certified tennis coach. Mark has been published in numerous top scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences. Previously he oversaw the sport science, coaching education and strength & conditioning departments for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for more than four years.
Top Customer Reviews
As someone who spends a good deal of time learning about athletic performance many of these exercises weren't new to me, but a few were. I mention that because if you don't spend as much time as I do, you will find A LOT of useful information and exercises, and even if you are well-versed, you could very well find some new exercises like I did.
- Gives a primer on dynamic stretching (for the uninitiated); but it's short (for the initiated)
- Lots of exercises
- A picture for each step of each exercise
- Sport-specific program for several sports including suggested number or reps/distance
- Explanations are not always clear
- The soccer "program" is fairly basic
It's worth it for coaches, athletes, and individuals looking to begin or expand upon a dynamic stretching routine.
Those of us who exercise a good deal, often neglect stretching. Moreover, we neglect stretches specific to our sport or functional needs. With this book, there's no longer an excuse for that.
You will discover how to:
Develop full body range of motion
Enhance full-body motor control
Increase flexibility, balance and muscular endurance
Improve force generation and reaction time
Correct major and minor muscle imbalances
Most of the stretches are sport-specific. So, to that extent, it somewhat limits it's interest to some. Nonetheless, I found exercises that would be worthwhile to most anyone. In fact, the second part of the book shows how to do stretches that can be done by anyone without regard to a specific sport. For example, you'll learn the high-knee lateral skip and the dynamic empty can. You'll also learn variations. The photos are black and white and fairly small. But, they easily demonstrate how to do the stretches and the instructions are given in 1,2,3 order so you can't mess up.
If you want to learn some new stretches that will make you perform better in your sport and simply function better in everyday living, you'll love this book.
- Susanna K. Hutcheson
I bought this book under the assumption that I would be getting more infomation on some advanced sports stretching. while there is some stretching in this book, it is geared for pre and post warm-up excersizes up for sports.
Now for the Pros. This book is a great step by step warm-up guide, perfect for beginner coaches or self coached persons looking to get a good pre workout/game warm-up and not knowing where to start. As a Marine Sergeant I utilize and am constantly searching for better warm-ups all the time when getting the guys ready for PT (physical training), so this book helps out greatly.
It has warmup routines for multiple sports with easy to follow and good photos.
I was able to create my own personal routine very quickly.
I'd like to see this book sold with some videos that would help me understand some of the stretches in this book.
I am impressed with all of the photos in this little book!
Most fitness books skimp on the pictures but this book goes all out!
Great instructions too!
I would give this book 10 stars if I could!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Covers a lot of important, often overlooked warm up techniques and explains each in a easy to understand mannerPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
delivery, very excellent and useful exercises and workout planPublished 5 months ago by jeffrey zauderer
This is a fantastic book regardless if you are a coach or player. The author briefly explains the difference between dynamic stretching compared to static stretching and when you... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brant Wojack
I bought it, and tried some of the exercises, but that was about it. Since I left the Army, I have no internal fortitude to consistently exercise. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Adolph Evangelista