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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian T. Larsen, MS, DPT (Utah State University College of Education & Human Services)
Description: This book provides an informative overview of the important components involved with flexibility. It also appears to take a unique approach in that it provides a description of the science, clinical application, and recommendations for both general and special populations. This is the third edition of a book originally published in 1988.
Purpose: Although the purpose is not directly stated, it seems to be to contribute to the knowledge of the human body in its abilities, and optimal development in relation to flexibility. The book provides an evidence-based perspective on flexibility and related topics that help to clarify certain grey areas that seem to exist in the health and fitness arenas with regard to flexibility. The author provides enough information to fulfill the objectives.
Audience: The book is written primarily for practitioners involved in the health and fitness arena, and it could also benefit health professionals in the clinical setting.
Features: The book first provides a nice overview and introduction to the concept of flexibility, then proceeds to give a nice variety of clinical recommendations, and a selection of viable and current primary research references. One of the strong points of the book is that it can be used by a large assortment of both fitness and healthcare professionals because it contains enough scientific information to keep fairly educated readers interested, but also contains enough basic information necessary for the less experienced clinician as well. The book also contains a large reference section for those interested in obtaining primary references.
Assessment: This provides a nice current overview of the concept of flexibility. The book helps to present the current primary evidence in relation to flexibility, and helps to concentrate much of the information currently available on the topic of flexibility in a way that can be used both clinically and conceptually. The third edition was justified in that it presents more current material.