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Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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About the Author
Coach Kelly Starrett received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. He currently runs his own physical therapy practice at San Francisco CrossFit—one of the first 50 CrossFit affiliates—and focuses on performance-based Orthopedic Sports Medicine with an emphasis on returning athletes to elite level sport and performance. His clients see exceptional results from his progressive blend of manual physical therapy and strength training. Since 2009, Kelly has been traveling the country teaching his "Movement, Mobility & Maintenance Course" in an effort to spread his message that good mobility and proper movement are the keys to good performance and that all humans should be able to perform this basic maintenance on themselves.
Kelly's clients have included Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world-class extreme skiers and X-Games medalists, dancers with Smuin, San Francisco, and Sacramento Ballet Companies, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes.
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Top customer reviews
SO MUCH information! It's a heavy book and a dense read, but worth it. Also check out the DVD by Kelley Starrett and Jill Miller, as well as Kelley Starrett's website.
He goes in detail on how to solve tightness, soreness, how to stretch, how to deal with minor injuries, and why what he is saying works. Dr. Starrett goes into detail on every part of the body that could possible benefit from being more supple.
After reading the book and tabbing out all the parts that I particularly found useful I started doing the stretches and self-myofascial release movements that applied to where I was tight. They are outstanding, but like all things you have to do it correctly, consistently, and with the right amount of intensity relative to you.
Amazing book for a great price. Something like this should be selling for 80 bucks or more.
Hope this helps!
I drive many miles a day, and this book is helping me mitigate the destructive effects of all that time in the car.
--Mentat Text Two (decto)"
Dr Starrett has given new life to the frequently overwrought study of human movement, especially where it concerns athletics and fitness, but not only limited to those endeavors. Really, this is a manual of rediscovering movement potentials. In this well written and extensively illustrated book you will have over two hundred exercises and diagnostics at your disposal for compressing, distracting, gapping and reorganizing the joints and loci of pain in your body. The constant mantra is "test/retest" with the emphasis being on developing your ability to self-evaluate and self-heal. Preventative measures through the use of leading indicators -recognize trouble before trouble finds you!- to correct mechanics and positioning in any and all movements will lead you to more efficient and sustainable physical well-being. This practice ranges from day to day sitting and labors thru to elite level athletics on up to extremes such as helicopter pilots and paratroopers. A worthy spectrum indeed.
Being a devout martial artist I own a few other books co-authored by Glen Cordoza and they all are excellent resources, tightly edited and I have learned much from them. His and Kelly's efforts in this fine manual are gratefully accepted, they will be needed!