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Facilitated Stretching - 3rd Edition Paperback – February 21, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 3 edition (February 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736062483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736062480
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Facilitated Stretching serves the elite athlete and the weekend warrior well. Bob McAtee has worked on my aches and pains a dozen or so times over the years. He's one of the finest!"

Harvey S. Newton, CSCS
Executive Director
National Strength and Conditioning Association (review of previous edition)

"Facilitated Stretching is an excellent contribution to the art and science of manual therapy. Bob McAtee provides a technically sound, easy-to-follow approach to therapeutic muscle stretching. I highly recommend it."

Robert K. King
Founder and President of Chicago School of Massage Therapy
Author of Performance Massage (review of previous edition)

"Clear, step-by-step descriptions, detailed illustrations, and ease of use make Facilitated Stretching an essential resource for any massage therapist."

Pat Archer, MS, ATC, LMP
Cortiva Institute-Brenneke School
Senior Faculty and Director of Therapeutic Massage In Athletics Certification Course
Author of Therapeutic Massage In Athletics (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2006)

"Facilitated Stretching will benefit anyone interested in functional training. The coverage of spiral-diagonal PNF stretches alone makes this book and DVD a must-have."

Craig Liebenson, DC
L.A. Sports and Spine
International Association for the Study of Pain
American Pain Society

"Bob McAtee has done an outstanding job with his revision of Facilitated Stretching. The crystal-clear text and sparkling, detailed photographs are a winning combination, and the new DVD brings the stretches to life! This book is a valuable addition to the library of every serious fitness professional."

Guy Andrews, MA, CSCS *D
Executive Director
Exercise ETC Inc.

From the Publisher

"Facilitated Stretching serves the elite athlete and the weekend warrior well. Bob McAtee has worked on my aches and pains a dozen or so times over the years. He's one of the finest!"

Harvey S. Newton, CSCS
Executive Director
National Strength and Conditioning Association (review of previous edition)

"Facilitated Stretching is an excellent contribution to the art and science of manual therapy. Bob McAtee provides a technically sound, easy-to-follow approach to therapeutic muscle stretching. I highly recommend it."

Robert K. King
Founder and President of Chicago School of Massage Therapy
Author of Performance Massage (review of previous edition)

"Clear, step-by-step descriptions, detailed illustrations, and ease of use make Facilitated Stretching an essential resource for any massage therapist."

Pat Archer, MS, ATC, LMP
Cortiva Institute-Brenneke School
Senior Faculty and Director of Therapeutic Massage In Athletics Certification Course
Author of Therapeutic Massage In Athletics (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2006)

"Facilitated Stretching will benefit anyone interested in functional training. The coverage of spiral-diagonal PNF stretches alone makes this book and DVD a must-have."

Craig Liebenson, DC
L.A. Sports and Spine
International Association for the Study of Pain
American Pain Society

"Bob McAtee has done an outstanding job with his revision of Facilitated Stretching. The crystal-clear text and sparkling, detailed photographs are a winning combination, and the new DVD brings the stretches to life! This book is a valuable addition to the library of every serious fitness professional."

Guy Andrews, MA, CSCS *D
Executive Director
Exercise ETC Inc.

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Customer Reviews

It is well written and easy to follow.
Norfolk Trainer
Condition of book was listed as good but the book was like brand new and included the CD with it.
Diane Smulligan
This book helps me as a massage therapist stretching the clients occasionally.
Jeannine Rinaldi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Self-improvement junkie on August 14, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a runner and horseback rider, I have always subscribed to the theory that stretching is critical for performance. However, finding an effective stretching system has been a long and arduous search. Some books are difficult for the lay person to understand. Some books do not have a fundamental theory underpinning their exercises. And some books promote stretches that are actually harmful. I have found Facilitated Stretching to be the best of the bunch. The illustrations are clear, well-organized and large enough to follow. The text is written clearly and concisely: I can figure out what to do the first time I read it. The cd is excellent: slow, well-narrated and easy to follow. Best of all, the results are immediate. My partially frozen shoulders are starting to move in response to a combination of massage therapy and facilitated stretching (as advocated in the book). My hamstrings have finally let go so now I know what it feels like to walk as normal people do! In short, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It has met all my stringent requirements. This new edition is even better than the second edition which I studied before buying this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Norfolk Trainer on April 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a Personal Trainer, I was looking for a book that was practical with stretches that I could teach my clients that were beyond the normal static stretches. After some weeks with a flexibility program designed with stretches from this book, there is a noticible difference in positive range of motion. It is well written and easy to follow. For my purposes, I found it to be an excellent book.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. Rosenholtz on April 23, 2003
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As a massage therapist I often work with muscle injuries. This book is a must have for both therapeutic technique and for client education. I highly reccommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Z. Salazar on February 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
And a great book for the experienced hands on indiviual. Leave the pop science books and methods behind. As a professional of 22 years in this field I can say that with out a doubt the Whartons text, besides representing numerous errors in physiology, is just another pop stretch book. There are moves in Whartons that can and do work-this is always the case with any work in this category:if somethings works then some assume it is all good. PNF is actually neurophysiological strength work that increases ROM. ROM from strength is much safer and more athletic. I have worked with Bob personally (if you get the chance he is in Colorado Springs CO) and I can vouch for his techniques. Facilitated Stretching allows for both a quality method AND a method that can be used on clients by trainers not certified in hands on work. Because the client always controls the stretch the responsibility and sensitivity is in the hands of the individual. Incredibly difficult to be injurious to client. With the addition of the DVD it is perfect for beginners new to high performance methods and to the experienced looking to polish up on technique or less used drills.
For those looking for simple, effective, and with more responsibility on the athletes part (therefore more dangerous) check out Pavel Tsatsoulines Relax in Stretch and Forced Relaxation. Great techniques but less method and instruction. With experience and intelligence this method works very well. Combine both and you have a program that is more clinical and a program that is more extreme to use and temper with experience, intelligence and referral...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tamra G. Dozer on May 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
This 3rd edition is a wonderful upgrade from the 2nd. The DVD does an exceptional job of visualizing spiral diagonal patterns and demonstrating the facilitated stretching technique. The book is upgraded as well as the information on specific body locations is easlier to find and readily accessable for use in my bodywork. I use both frequently.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
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This book gives sufficient physiological background to grasp the very detailed description of the process. The use of photos and written descriptions makes it easy to learn the stretches. Included are both operator assisted and self stretches. Most individual muscles are taught. ROM assessments are also included.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1998
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This book is an excellent resource for those wanting to learn about PNF stretching. PNF stretching should be of interest to you if you are looking for a stretching technique which goes beyond the traditional passive stretches shown in most stretching books. The author summarizes the research which has examined the effectiveness of this method, and does a good job of explaining the theory behind PNF stretching without becoming too technical. The explanations of the individual stretches are very well written and illustrated. The author not only explains how each stretch can be done with the help of another person, but also explains how most of the stretches can be completed on your own. When added to your regular stretching routine, this stretching method is one of the safest ways to quickly gain flexibility.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Massage School on February 8, 2008
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I found this DVD very helpful. I was able to create a 6 hour CE class for massage therapy.
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