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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736055290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736055291
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

""Flexibility is a key to an athlete's success. The advice, exercises, and programs in" Stretch to Win "will enable your body and mind to be balanced and connected so you can perform your best."" Donovan McNabbQuarterback, Philadelphia EaglesFive-time Pro Bowl selection """Stretch to Win "has been a tremendous asset to me. I always had trouble with my hamstrings, but after working with Chris and Ann I was able to compete without pain. I use the routines every day, and they help me stay injury free."" Sanya Richards2004 Olympic 4x400-meter gold medalist2005 world outdoor 400-meter silver medalist and U.S. outdoor champion ""The artistry and rhythm of the Fredericks' approach to stretching are supported by the science of flexibility. The debate may continue over the efficacy of stretching, but in the real world of athletics, the Fredericks' method answers the challenge and meets the need of certified athletic trainers and certified massage therapists."" Benny Vaughn, LMT, ATC, CSCS, NCTMBAthletic Therapy CenterFort Worth, Texas ""Making the Stretch To Win System an essential part of my off and in-season training has maximized my athletic performance and has eliminated major injuries so that I'm able to play my best at each and every game."" Na'il DiggsGreen Bay Packers

Review

"Flexibility is a key to an athlete's success. The advice, exercises, and programs in Stretch to Win will enable your body and mind to be balanced and connected so you can perform your best."

Donovan McNabb
Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
Five-time Pro Bowl selection

"Stretch to Win has been a tremendous asset to me. I always had trouble with my hamstrings, but after working with Chris and Ann I was able to compete without pain. I use the routines every day, and they help me stay injury free."

Sanya Richards
2004 Olympic 4x400-meter gold medalist
2005 world outdoor 400-meter silver medalist and U.S. outdoor champion

"The artistry and rhythm of the Fredericks' approach to stretching are supported by the science of flexibility. The debate may continue over the efficacy of stretching, but in the real world of athletics, the Fredericks' method answers the challenge and meets the need of certified athletic trainers and certified massage therapists."

Benny Vaughn, LMT, ATC, CSCS, NCTMB
Athletic Therapy Center
Fort Worth, Texas

"Making the Stretch To Win System an essential part of my off and in-season training has maximized my athletic performance and has eliminated major injuries so that I'm able to play my best at each and every game."

Na'il Diggs
Green Bay Packers


More About the Author

Ann Frederick is a former professional dancer, having grown up in her mother's dance studio, starting to dance at the age of 4. She has practiced manual therapy for over 20 years, specifically in the field of flexibility training, focusing on her brand of assisted individual stretching, group stretch and dance instruction.

Ann originally created a unique system of neuromyofascial manual therapy called Stretch to Win - Fascial Stretch Therapy® (or simply FST™) for the USA Men's Olympic Wrestling Team of 1996. Besides improving professional athletic performance, she soon discovered that FST also rapidly helped other clients with a variety of chronic, unresponsive pain conditions, strength imbalances and other common neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

Ann and her husband Chris are both certified by Thomas Myers in Kinesis Myofascial Integration and are the authors of the popular book Stretch to Win and Fascial Stretch Therapy. Ann and Chris directed their own highly successful center for Fascial Stretch Therapy, physical therapy/physiotherapy, Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI), chiropractic, acupuncture, sports massage and Pilates for nearly 20 years. They are now Directors of the Stretch to Win Institute at www.stretchtowin.com, where they offer certification training workshops in Fascial Stretch Therapy.

Customer Reviews

The program is very well explained and is easy for anyone to follow!
Heidi Steinke
I will recommend this book to all of my college athletes and prep athletes...even my clients that don't participate in competitive sports.
S. A. Fears
The book opens with chapters relating the anatomy of stretching to the basic fundamental principles of the system.
William G. Pratt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Scott Styles on April 25, 2007
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This book provides:

1. A systematic approach for identifying your movement restrictions and designing a program to resolve them

2. Clear instruction on effective stretching, with a focus on developing the right combination of mobility and stability

3. Specific guidelines for incorporating soft tissue work with a therapy ball into your exercise program

My personal experience applying just the stretching guidelines has been the following:

1. My hips have opened quite a bit. I can comfortably drop into a deep squat.

2. Foot pain I have had for almost a year is quickly going away

3. A shoulder problem I went to physical therapy for but never quite finished fixing is rapidly improving

I've got the recommended equipment for the trigger point therapy on the way (a $10 Footsie roller and a $15 Fitball). If it does as much for me as the stretching has, I'm going to be a very happy person.

On a professional basis, I've been certified by the ACSM as a Health / Fitness Instructor since 2002. I was certified by ACE as a Personal Trainer in 2000. I've read a number of other stretching books and watched several DVDs. This book is the clearest out of any of them, and is one of the few to recognize being overly flexible is just as bad as not being flexible enough. It's also one of the few to address the concept of promoting soft tissue quality to reduce risk of injury.

Considering the price relative to other fitness products on the market, everyone should own a copy and apply the guidelines. Diligent attention to a sound program of mobility work will have more immediate impact on quality of life and ease of movement than just about any other form of exercise.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I see this as a later generation book about stretching compared to such books as (the highly recommended) Thomas Kurz' 'Stretching Scientifically', Pavel's 'Relax Into Stretch', 'Stretching Anatomy' and 'Ultimate Flexibility'. What the book opened up for me was the need to get beyond stretching linearly, even when using advanced forms of isometric stretching, and work the body in 3 dimensions. It also introduced the work of Thomas Myers (Anatomy Trains) whose ideas on the fascia was a big influence on the authors.

Prior to reading this book, when I wrote a rollup of what I'd learned about flexibility training I came up with the following...

1. Increasing strength and flexibility is relatively easy. However, most people are hampered by the wrong approach. (See e.g. McGuff, Body By Science, and Kurz).
2. Flexibility and strength are two sides of the same coin and should be considered together. Proper strength training, which takes movement through a full ROM, enhances flexibility. "When in doubt, strengthen."
3. Intense stretching aimed at improving flexibility should be treated as a form of strength training and should include a full recovery period. Twice, or even once a week, is adequate for most people.
4. Warm ups and stretching are two different things. Intense static stretches do not prevent injury and in fact can indirectly lead to injury in the next phase of activity if used as a warm up. Intense static stretches should not be part of a warm up routine.
5. The surest and safest way to increase flexibility is to learn the advanced versions of static, isometric stretching (PNF, CR and CRAC techniques). Isometric stretching builds strength in the extended position while improving flexibility.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Todd I. Stark VINE VOICE on July 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Over the years it has become a standard mantra that people should "stretch" to help performance and prevent injuries. On the other hand, recent research has cast doubts on the usefulness of "stretching."

This book provides a good resolution to the stretching dilemma. It recasts "stretching" as a series of fluid, wave-like activities for improving mobility opposing the old "stretch and hold" protocol that so many of us have struggled with for years. The movements are performed in synchronization with breathing and at varying tempo for different purposes.

One interesting aspect of this approach is that it takes a big step toward bridging the fluid, rhythmic emphasis of traditional Eastern practices like Tai Chi and Yoga with the Western functional methods.

The biggest weakness of this book from my perspective was that while it emphasizes the importance of sequence, it did not really give enough detailed examples to help me sequence my own flexibility routines, I found myself guessing in various places. The book suggests working from the core outward but does not indicate how to relate each movement to how far it is from the core, and so on. As a result, I have enough information from this book to know how to do the movements and roughly how to structure my stretching, but it leaves me having to do a lot of experimentation on my own.

Still, the approach in this book is heads and shoulders above the previous generation of "stretch and hold" poses, and I highly recommend it for all athletes and martial artists.
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