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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556435967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556435966
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“My favorite part is the illustrations: they're black and white except for the muscle that's being stretched… If you're interested in stretching, improving your range of motion, improving your athletic ability by improving your body's muscles in repairing themselves, or simply to understand what each stretch does for your body, I highly recommend picking up this book. 5 stars.”
—Kari, Reading for Sanity

About the Author

Brad Walker is a prominent Australian sports trainer with more than 20 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry. He is a Health Science graduate of the University of New England and has postgraduate accreditations in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. He also works with elite level and world champion athletes and lectures for Sports Medicine Australia on injury prevention.
Walker founded Walkerbout Health in 1995 in response to a steadily increasing occurrence of sports-related injury. The company has moved from providing fitness and sports coaching services that specialize in injury prevention and rehabilitation, to now providing the same services via the publication of educational products such as books, videos, DVD's, newsletters, and e-books. He lives in Queensland, Australia.

More About the Author

Brad is a Health Science graduate of the University of New England and has postgraduate accreditation's in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. He's coached elite level and world champion athletes from sports as diverse as triathlon, motor cycle racing, roller skating, squash and baseball. And he's lectured extensively on sports injury prevention, treatment and management.

Brad has written more books and articles on stretching and flexibility than any other author; including the Stretching Handbook, the Anatomy of Stretching and the Anatomy of Sports Injuries. His stretching and sports injury articles have been published in numerous health and fitness magazines and extensively online at sites such as About.com, Athletes.com and BodyBuilding.com.

Magazines such as Runners World, Bicycling, Triathlete, Swimming and Fitness, and Triathlon Sports have featured his work. Amazon has listed his books on 5 Best-Seller lists; Google cites over 100,000 references to him on the internet; and satisfied customers from 122 countries have sent him 100's of personal testimonials.

Brad has been involved in the field of stretching, flexibility and sports injury management since the early 90's and over that time has built a reputation as the go-to-guy for all things stretching and sports injury.

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Clearly written, easy to understand, and informative.
donald eichelberger
This book is great- shows the position for the stretch with an illustration of the muscle groups affected by the stretch.
LHJ
One of the best books I have read concerning stretching.
V. M. Kosaka

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

221 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ervin Nieves on July 1, 2007
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If you wish to be a martial artist, there are other stretching books that teach maximum flexibility: e.g. Stretching Scientifically by Thomas Kurz. or yoga books such as YOga: The Iyengar Way by Mira Silva & Schyam Mehta. But if you've hurt your back or other body parts (e.g. legs, shoulders, etc.), then this single volume is a gold mine. I've written several cover stories in Inside Kung Fu and Kung Fu Wushu magazines, and have practiced martial arts since a very early age. I have had perfect splits in life, but became less flexible via neglect. Trying to get back in shape, I hurt my back three years ago and sometimes had trouble bending down (on very bad days) or would rehurt my back when trying to resume running and shaolin kung fu. Fortunately, I taught at a college that had a Ph.D. program in physical therapy so I got free physical therapy for a year. All of the therapy exercises I learned for free are included in Brad Walker's Anatomy of Stretching. In addition, Walker's book contains dozens of wonderful exercises to provide therapy for hurt body parts, and to obtain general flexibility. I visited bookstores to compare the texts, and Walker's book provides wonderful schematic drawings on how the muscles are involved at the very moment of each specific stretch. Unlike other stretching anatomy books, Walker's provides a specific itemization of how to do the exercise, what body part is affected, what injury it treats, what sport it's good for, and when to avoid the stretch if you have a particular injury. It's the best diagrammed text around. I would recommend buying this book with a couple of other texts that are equal to Walker's in many respects (and sometimes better, sometimes worse):

Two books by Kit Laughlin:

1. Stretching & Flexibility, and
2.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Annie MacKenzie on August 21, 2009
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A light weight book, 165 pages which cover 114 stretches. There are 200 detailed sketch style pictures of men and women in different stretches. There are 15 color coded chapters with good sized illustrations on nearly every page. Pictures are sketched very accurately in black, white and shades of gray and arranged in chapters by body area. They show the primary and secondary muscles that are being worked, muscles are colored in shades of pink and red and really pop out from the page. An instant understanding of the body part being worked can be gained with a glance.

Brad Walker's "The Anatomy of Stretching" has much more detail and information than a similar book "stretching Anatomy" by Arnold G Nelson and Jouko Kokkonen. I bought both books and I like the Nelson book well enough, but for an additional $5 or so I would suggest Walker's book is a better buy, like a grown up version of the Nelson book. More bang for your buck, much more information, a very detailed index describing every stretch which saves time locating the info.

Each stretch is broken down into 5 paragraphs. "Technique; Muscles being stretched; Sports that benefit from this stretch; Common problems and additional information for performing this stretch correctly". Lastly "Complimentary stretch". This just gives a page number to refer back to for a complimentary release stretch. There is a 3 page glossary of medical terms for injuries ranging from Ankylosing spondylitis to Trochanteric bursitis. An Appendix of sports and page numbers to access relevant stretches, Similar to Bob Anderson's book on "Stretching".
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ms. CHARLENE MARIE on August 7, 2007
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This is an incredible book. It has simple pictures that show all the muscles that are being stretched. This is a great book for teaching anatomy and a great resourse for massage therapists.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By David Waden on August 19, 2007
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After having been in a desk job for too many years, I became overweight and lost all my flexibility. So I decided I needed to do something about it.
I didn't want to injure myself from taking things too fast, so I decided to try doing some stretching first. But I didn't know where to start. So I bought this book to find out more.

I was really impressed, there is so much detail and lots of illustrations in this book. Most importantly it has a list of sports that the stretches can be used for, which was a real bonus for me.
Best of all, they work.
Bottom Line get this book!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. T. Bolin on February 7, 2009
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This book is fairly comprehensive and the drawings are very well done.

I would, however, recommend this only to someone who has some knowledge or experience with anatomy/physiology, as the explanations are very simple, if not non-existent. It also dwells on the major muscles, when most of us, especially those with a bit of background or experience, really should know how to do them already, so some extra time spent on the more obscure muscles, and/or stretches, would have been well received.

Best suited to someone with a bit of experience who's looking for a bit more. Not for newbies.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 3, 2008
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There are over one hundred key stretches that the human body can do that directly enable better physical health regardless of age or gender. "The Anatomy of Stretching" outlines these with fundamental facts and explanations to help the reader do the stretch and understand why they are doing it, divided by each and every area of the body. With over 200 full color illustrations, glossaries, appendixes and more, "The Anatomy of Stretching" is highly recommended to health & fitness community library shelves and for anyone who would seek better health through stretching exercises.
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