- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 2nd ed. edition (October 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583943714
- ISBN-13: 978-1583943717
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 136 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Anatomy of Stretching, Second Edition: Your Illustrated Guide to Flexibility and Injury Rehabilitation Paperback – October 4, 2011
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About the Author
Brad Walker is an internationally known stretching and sports injury consultant with 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. His other books include The Stretching Handbook and The Anatomy of Sports Injuries. He lives in Queensland, Australia.
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Stretching is the absolute most important thing everyone needs to do, not just athletes or people who work out a lot. Too many people come for massages to me complaining about tightness and restrictions but they either don't stretch or stretch only a little. This book also explains on the different type of stretching and what is right or wrong. If your care about your body: Get this book. Massage Therapist: Go ahead, add it to your variety of books you have it is worth it and a quick review guide since it is also sectional divided into the different body's region so you don't have to read the whole book to find a special area, e. g. the neck, to look up some stretches and the muscles involved.
Each exercise shows well drawn featured muscles (that are being stretched) in color which contrasts nicely with the adjacent muscles drawn in black and white (yet still with good detail). Drawings are usually in two views as needed. Then below are sections: Technique, Muscles being Stretched, Sports that benefit from this stretch, Sports injury where stretch may be useful, Common problems and additonal information for performing this stretch correctly and reference to other Complementary Stretches in the book. It is so much easier to learn when the reader can experience the stretch while studying. Thank you. I wish I had this book while in college, but it's never to late to learn!
The only thing I didn't find was the origins, insertions and actions of each of the muscles. I found that online.
Very well written and illustrated.
Stretching, obviously, is an important part of any exercise regimen. The other books I looked at showed me the stretches, explained them but were not as clear as I would like on precisely what muscles were being stretched.
"The Anatomy of Stretching" resolves that issue for me.
There are 114 stretches clearly - in fact, beautifully would not be an exaggeration - showing how the stretch is performed and the muscles affected. The various affected muscles are printed in color so there is no mistaking them.
What makes it nice for me, a literal beginner, is that it gives me an idea of where I should be feeling the stretch.
The first five chapters cover physiology and flexibility, why stretching is beneficial, the types of stretching, rules for safe stretching and how to stretch properly.
The remaining eleven chapters group the stretches according to the area of the body involved.
Overall, at least for this beginner, "The Anatomy of Stretching" is a very helpful book.