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Stretching Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training Paperback – March 1, 2003
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"This book is useful to athletes, instructors, and coaches. It providesthem with with information how to test potential flexibility, how tochoose [a] stretching method, and how to have full flexibility ... evenwithout a warm-up." -- WTF Taekwondo
"explains stretching in agonizing detail. The best are the exercise routines. They work. Many martial artists swear by these methods." --Martial Arts Training September 1997
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The fourth edition of STRETCHING SCIENTIFICALLY, A Guide to Flexibility Training (copyright 2003), by Thomas Kurz, is now available from Stadion Publishing Inc. Improved layout and more photos enhance the most up-to-date science explained in practical terms for athletes, instructors, and coaches.
As always, flexibility expert Kurz stresses the correct sequences of exercises and stretches that make up his safest and fastest stretching method. If you teach others, you must know this method. "You have to know when to do which stretch to get the most out of it," Kurz said. "It is like putting on your socks and shoes--what goes on first makes a lot of difference!"
The "Questions and Answers" chapter is bigger and divided into sections such as Injuries and Stretching, Pain or Soreness and Stretching, Age and Stretching, What and When, Sounds In and Around Joints. Kurz also includes a simple test that will let you test your flexibility potential.
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I personally found Kurz's book very helpful and at 47 I'm moving better than I have in quite awhile.
I recommend this to anyone interested if performance related flexibility.
I have not been able to do the splits, but that is probably because I push myself too hard and I stop immediately when my knees start hurting.
I found other books that are helping me more with the tiny movements that help stabilize the hip for the splits. So I will do those first before progressing with this again.
Tom Kurz's material is all top notch, readable, and well researched. The diligent and thoughtful reader will benefit enormously. I would recommend also purchasing "Science of Sports Training: How to Plan and Control Training for Peak Performance". These two volumes have been my 'go to' resources for the last 10+ years and I have never been disappointed.
The author gives lots of examples but says far more general things like. "these kinds" for before your routine, and "ones like this" or "some of these" for after.
What I was looking for when I bought the book was what do I need to do to be able to do the splits? I wanted a system, something that would tell me do this, then this, then this. A list of the exact stretches (or examples of different ones) I needed to do, with guidance for how long, and an order to perform them.
That is not what you will get with this book. You'll get lots of examples with more concept and ideas that actual guidance.
I understand that everyone is different and what works for one will not necessarily work for another, but I'm a very active physical person, and have been all my life, and I still didn't get much out of this book other than a few new stretches to incorporate into what I was already doing.
The author does know what he's talking about, though.