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Facilitated Stretching-4th Edition With Online Video / Edition 4

Facilitated Stretching-4th Edition With Online Video / Edition 4

by Robert E. McAtee, Robert McAtee


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Facilitated Stretching-4th Edition With Online Video / Edition 4

Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition With Online Video, remains the most trusted resource for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, an effective and easy-to-use method that involves stretching the muscle, contracting it isometrically against resistance, and then stretching it again to increase range of motion. Featuring a full-color interior, streamlined organization, and a new online video package, the fourth edition brings PNF stretching beyond the treatment room with the inclusion of techniques for the gym, workout room, and home.

The fourth edition offers a visual demonstration of PNF stretching techniques with more than 320 photos and illustrations. It includes these updates:

• A full-color interior provides readers with clear images of the techniques discussed

• Graphic elements on selected photos highlight the muscles being stretched as well as the isometric effort for the stretcher and the partner

• Reorganization streamlines the content into two parts, first focusing on the basics and then covering stretches

• Expanded content demonstrates how to incorporate stretches, including strengthening routines, into nontherapy workouts to optimize functional training

• An appendix showcases anatomical planes of motion, anatomical terms, and types of joints

• Online high-definition video presents both treatment room techniques and simplified PNF stretches for nontherapy settings

Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition, examines techniques and guidelines for PNF stretches in a variety of settings. Stretches are demonstrated on a treatment table, mat on the floor, chair, cable-pulley machine, and weightlifting bench. Stretches are grouped according to each joint, and the majority of the stretches include both a partner stretch version and a self-stretch version. The accompanying online video then demonstrates more than 90 of these stretches to reinforce proper technique for each stretch as well as four sample stretching routines. Visual icons in the book indicate which stretches are shown in the video.

As in previous editions, specific routines are included for cycling, golf, running, swimming, throwing and racket sports, and now ice hockey. It also includes general stretches for everyday use, plus stretches for those with “rusty hinges.” These ready-made stretching routines make it easy to incorporate facilitated stretching into a workout regimen and take the guesswork out of organizing a stretching routine to match the needs of a specific sport.

For accomplished athletes or those just beginning a fitness program, the regular use of facilitated stretching can help improve flexibility and coordination and boost performance and enjoyment of sports. Manual therapists, massage therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, sport physicians, and coaches will find valuable information and techniques for optimizing flexibility, coordination, and performance. Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition, provides access to the latest PNF stretching techniques to help assess current muscle function, improve range of motion, increase strength, address overuse injuries, and enhance performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781450434317
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 681,464
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert McAtee, BA, LMT, CSCS, C-PT, has been a sport massage therapist since 1981, specializing in sport and orthopedic massage therapy. Since 1988 he has maintained an active international sport massage practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

McAtee has been using facilitated stretching techniques with clients and athletes since 1986. He teaches facilitated stretching and sport massage seminars throughout the United States and internationally to massage therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, chiropractors, Olympic-caliber athletes and coaches, and amateur athletes.

McAtee received his massage training at the Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB) in Los Angeles and San Diego (1981-82) and through the Sports Massage Training Institute (SMTI) in Costa Mesa, California (1986). He holds a BA in psychology from California State University (1974), is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork (1992), and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (1998) and certified personal trainer. He has been an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association since 1988.

A keynote speaker and featured presenter at numerous national and international conventions, McAtee also regularly presents workshops nationally and internationally on the topics of facilitated stretching, massage, and soft-tissue injury care. For more information, please contact him at:

Pro-Active Massage Therapy

1119 N. Wahsatch Ave., Suite 1

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Tel: 719-475-1172


Jeff Charland, PT, ATC, CSCS, GDMT, was a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison physical therapy program, where he also competed as a varsity wrestler on a scholarship. Beginning in 1987, Charland lectured in the areas of sports medicine, rehabilitation, and assessment and treatment of neural tissue disorders. He was a team trainer and traveled internationally with the U.S. Judo and U.S. Wrestling Federations’ national and Olympic teams.

Charland completed the graduate program in manipulative therapy at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, under the direction of Bob Elvey, a world-renowned physiotherapist. He was a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 1997, he earned a certification in active release techniques. He also served as director of a sport physical therapy clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Charland passed away in December 2004; however, his contributions to previous editions were significant and continue to be appreciated.

Table of Contents

Part I. The Prerequisites

Chapter 1. Understanding the Basics of Stretching

Soft Tissues Affected by Stretching

Muscle Interactions

Muscle Contractions

Reflexes Relevant to Facilitated Stretching

Types of Stretching

Guidelines for Stretching

Chapter Summary

Chapter 2. Focusing on Facilitated Stretching

PNF History

PNF Basis: Spiral–Diagonal Movement

PNF Stretching Techniques

Facilitated Stretching Guidelines

Detailed Sequence for Facilitated Stretching

Safety Considerations for Facilitated Stretching

Chapter Summary

Chapter 3. Using the Spiral–Diagonal Patterns of PNF

When and Why to Use Spiral-Pattern Stretches

Learning the Patterns Through Free Motion

Facilitated Stretching Using the Patterns

Lower Extremity Stretches Using the Patterns

Upper Extremity Stretches Using the Patterns

Strengthening Exercises Using the Patterns

Chapter Summary

Part II. The Stretches

Chapter 4. Stretches for the Torso and Neck

Oblique Abdominals

Lower Back

Upper Trapezius




Levator Scapulae

Chapter 5. Stretches for the Lower Extremity

Hip Extensors

Hip Flexors

Hip Lateral (External) Rotators

Hip Medial (Internal) Rotators

Hip Abductors

Hip Adductors

Knee Extensors

Ankle Plantar Flexors

Ankle Dorsiflexors

Toe Flexors

Toe Extensors

Ankle Evertors: Peroneal (Fibularis) Group

Ankle Invertors

Chapter 6. Stretches for the Upper Extremity

Rotator Cuff

Scapular Stabilizers

Additional Muscles That Move the Arm


Wrist and Hand

Supinators and Pronators

Chapter 7. Stretching Routines for Specific Activities

Everyday Sequence



Ice Hockey



Throwing and Racket Sports

Rusty Hinges

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“If a picture is worth 1000 words, then a video is worth 10,000 words, particularly when it includes narration detailing how the body should be positioned and what the stretcher, and the partner if it is a partner stretch, should be doing at each point during the stretch.  The use of the video demonstrations moves the book to a much higher level of teaching, and learning for the reader. Readers will be much more comfortable with, and knowledgeable of, doing the stretches and conditioning exercises after they have watched somebody else do it, and had key points explained to them. In sum, the combination of the printed book and the video demonstrations make this an outstanding resource for individuals wishing to enhance their movement ability in a variety of settings, and activities, through the use of effective stretching and movement techniques.”

Gordon Chalmers, PhD—Western Washington University


Resource for sports medicine and fitness professionals, including massage and manual therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, and coaches, as well as athletes at all levels; also a textbook for courses in these areas.

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danielcip More than 1 year ago
McAtee and Charland do it again - taking a great resource dedicated to effective stretching and improving on it in this 4th edition. I have been a big fan of Bob's work over the years and this 4th Edition of Facilitated Stretching is an excellent improvement over an already functional and user-friendly book on stretching. The updated visually appealing photos and the inclusion of dozens of extremely effective videos helps to make this book very dynamic for those looking for guidance and ideas on stretching techniques. I refer to this as "more than just a cook book" - the first part of the book does a fine job of explaining the mechanisms behind stretching, comparing techniques and detailing the workings of different stretch mechanisms. I applaud the authors for not bogging down the fluid flow of the reading with too much focus on the research. Readers interested in the evidence behind stretching are encouraged to scour the abundance of research that supports PNF stretching. The "cook book" component of the book is meant as a compliment...the authors, assisted with the color photos and descriptive photos, provide clear guidance on stretching techniques. And I was thrilled to see the addition of practical stretching outside of the clinical realm - useful for all athletes and active individuals. I keep this book on my desk for quick reference - and I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in improving flexibility and movement - regardless of your training background...this book speaks to everyone. Obviously it is perfectly suited for movement therapists - but also for any individual seeking clear guidance on the process of facilitated stretching. Kudos to you both Bob and Jeff!   Daniel Cipriani, Ph.D., P.T. Associate Professor of Physical Therapy