Flexibility: A Concise Guide: To Conditioning, Performance Enhancement, Injury Prevention, and Rehabilitation / Edition 1

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Overview

Here is a definitive guide to flexibility that revises the conceptual framework of the field. From the conceptual foundations of research to the practical applications of stretching techniques in a number of domains, this book provides a fresh perspective on flexibility, one that challenges current thinking and professional practice. It covers all major types of flexibility technique and training, with an emphasis on when and how to use each method safely and effectively. Specific applications to rehabilitation, sport, fitness, and dance make this book an invaluable resource for all practitioners and professionals in the field of human movement.

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"A multiauthored review of flexibility. ... An interesting and thorough guide to the current theories and practical applications of flexibility training is included. ... Recommended Readership: Strength and conditioning specialists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physicians in the areas of primary care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and orthopedics." (Jonathan Finnoff, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 83 (8), July, 2008)

"In Flexibility: A Concise Guide to Conditioning, Performance Enhancement, Injury Prevention, and Rehabilitation, the authors address these and other questions based on their cumulative years of work in this area. … I found Flexibility: A Concise Guide informative and helpful. I recommend this book to practitioners who wish to increase their understanding of flexibility and the application of stretching techniques." (Thomas Wesley Allen, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Vol. 109 (2), February, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603271042
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/7/2008
  • Series: Musculoskeletal Medicine Series
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1—STRETCHING TECHNIQUES AND EXERCISE

PRESCRIPTIONS xx

Yoga xx

Slow/static stretching xx

Dynamic stretching xx

Comparison of slow/static, dynamic and PNF techniques xx

PNF variations and effects xx

Reversal of antagonists (3S) xx

Exercise prescription for 3S xx

Summary xx

CHAPTER 2—STRETCHING THE MAJOR MUSCLE GROUPS OF THE LOWER LIMB xx

Hip extensors xx

Hip adductors xx

Hip flexors xx

Hip inward rotators xx

Hip outward rotators xx

Plantar flexors xx

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CHAPTER 3—STRETCHING THE MAJOR MUSCLE GROUPS OF THE UPPER LIMB xx

Shoulder extensors xx

Shoulder horizontal adductors xx

Shoulder inward rotators xx

Wrist flexors xx

CHAPTER 4—STRETCHING THE MAJOR MUSCLE GROUPS OF THE TRUNK AND NECK xx

Trunk extensors xx

Trunk lateral flexors xx

Trunk rotators xx

Neck quadrant xx

CHAPTER 5—ADVANCED 3S STRETCHING EXERCISES FOR FIGURE

SKATERS, GYMNASTS, DIVERS AND DANCERS xx

Hip adductors (advanced) xx

Hip extensors (in flexion) xx

Split (adductor-extensor) xx

Split (adductor) xx

CHAPTER 6—SPORTS, FITNESS AND DANCE APPLICATIONS xx

PART 2 - THEORETICAL

CHAPTER 7—FLEXIBILITY AND STRETCHING xx

Factors that affect flexibility xx

Ways to improve flexibility xx

Different stretching methods xx

When and how to stretch xx

When not to stretch xx

Training principles xx

Summary xx

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CHAPTER 8—MYTHS ABOUT STRETCHING xx

Review of reviews xx

Myth 1—Stretching causes injury xx

Myth 2—Stretching leads to damage and dysfunction xx

Myth 3—Stretching does not prevent injuries xx

Myth 4—Stretching does not improve performance xx

Myth 5—Stretching has no therapeutic value xx

Myth 6—All forms of stretching have similar effects xx

Summary xx

CHAPTER 9—CLINICAL CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS xx

Flexibility and range of motion xx

Functional flexibility xx

Correcting muscle imbalances xx

Choosing a stretching method xx

Flexibility and traditional Chinese medicine xx

Clinical techniques and modalities xx

Diabetes mellitus xx

Contraindications and precautions xx

Final remarks xx

CHAPTER 10—THE MECHANISMS OF FLEXIBILITY ENHANCEMENT xx

The muscle/fascia/tendon complex xx

How 3S works xx

A biomechanical explanation xx

Theoretical interpretations of neural and tissue adaptations xx

Our view of adaptation mechanisms – the fascia hypothesis xx

Conclusion xx

APPENDIX A—GLOSSARY xx

APPENDIX B—APPLIED ANATOMY OF 3S STRETCHES xx

APPENDIX C—THE 3S MACHINE xx

APPENDIX D – MACHINE AND SOLO 3S EXERCISES xx

APPENDIX E – RECOMMENDED EXERCISES FOR SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES xx

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