- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: Stadion Publishing Co; 4th edition (March 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591780128
- ISBN-13: 978-1591780120
- ASIN: 0940149451
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stretching Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training 4th Edition
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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
From the Publisher
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.
The key to stretching lies in modification of neural control of muscles and strengthening the muscles involved. The book is truly scientific and every statement is referenced, mostly by sources from former USSR and Eastern Europe. But it is also very practical. In fact, you can skip the discussion and get directly to exercises, which are quite simple. The fact that the author can do splits and various high kicks gives the book real credibility. Thomas Kurtz has an interactive website and answers questions regarding his training methods.
Do not be fooled by the simplicity though. The exercises are tough and demand regular training. But if you follow the recommendations, splits are virtually guaranteed.
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.