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From The CriticsReviewer: David Kujawa, PT, OCS (Medical College of Ohio School of Allied Health)
Description: This book provides a general overview of flexibility and its relationship to development. It incorporates recent research in basic and clinical sciences to explain and substantiate the theories and procedures associated with a variety of healthcare disciplines.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a survey of the various theories of flexibility and the clinical factors that influence it. This multidisciplinary approach is valuable because of the fact that healthcare consumers can and do seek the services of a variety of practitioners to restore mobility, e.g. chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, massage therapists, and athletic trainers. Overall, the book meets its objective.
Audience: The book is intended for professionals involved in the management and treatment of flexibility problems in a variety of settings. Students would find value in its multidisciplinary approach. The author has substantial experience in the area of flexibility and is a recognized expert on the subject.
Features: This second edition expands the scope of the first edition. New chapters have been added, including one that deals with the relationship of stretching and special populations: the elderly, pregnant women, and the physically challenged. The illustrations, tables, and graphs have been updated, and the reference list has almost tripled in entries.
Assessment: This book provides a very good overview of the subject of flexibility. It is useful for students and practitioners from a variety of disciplines who are involved in the assessment and treatment of clients with flexibility problems. It brings together various theoretical concepts and clinical issues, such as in the chapter dealing with special populations, which is a valuable asset, both in the classroom and clinic.