This iPad-compatible app offers quick access to an overview of PNF stretching complemented by 91 video clips demonstrating each technique. It is available from Apple’s App Store by clicking on the App Store button to the right.
In Facilitated Stretching iPad Version With Video, Robert McAtee and Jeff Charland provide an overview of PNF stretching—a safe and easy-to-use method that involves stretching the muscle, contracting it isometrically against resistance, then stretching it again to a new range of motion. These steps apply whether you are isolating one muscle at a time or using the spiral-diagonal patterns of PNF to stretch groups of muscles simultaneously. This book with integrated video includes the following features:
91 video clips that demonstrate live stretching for a clearer understanding of technique
A table of contents and video directory with active links to each exercise
Stretching routines for a variety of popular activities including running, golf, swimming, cycling, and throwing and racket sports
General stretches and stretches for older participants
Stretching activities with added strength work using stability balls and elastic bands
Stretching and strengthening tips for dealing with—and even preventing—common soft-tissue injuries
Following a regional approach by functions of muscle groups around specific joints, you will learn how to stretch each major muscle in the body, both individually and in groups. In addition, you will discover how to use group-pattern stretches to improve flexibility and coordination and individual muscle stretches to relax tight muscles and break up adhesions within or between muscles. Instruction is provided for using the techniques on your own or with a partner.
With Facilitated Stretching iPad Version With Video, you have a cutting-edge tool packed with the latest PNF stretching techniques to help you assess current muscle function, improve range of motion, increase strength, reduce overuse injuries, and enhance performance.
Part I. The Prerequisites
Chapter 1. Understanding the Basics of Stretching
Types of Muscle Contractions
Reflexes Relevant to Stretching
Types of Stretching
Guidelines for Stretching
Chapter 2. Focusing on Facilitated Stretching
Overview of PNF
From PNF Stretching to Facilitated Stretching
Guidelines for Performing Facilitated Stretches
Detailed Sequence for Facilitated Stretching
Safety Considerations for Facilitated Stretching
Effect of Fatigue on Stretcher and Partner
Chapter 3. Using the Spiral-Diagonal Patterns of PNF
Practicing the Patterns as Free Movement
Stretching With the Patterns
Strengthening With the Patterns
Part II. The Stretches
Chapter 4. Stretches for the Lower Extremity
Hip Extensors: Hamstrings and Gluteus Maximus
Hip Rotators: Piriformis
Hip Flexors: Quadriceps Group
Hip Flexors: Psoas and Iliacus
Plantar Flexors: Gastrocnemius and Soleus
Toe Flexors: Flexor Hallucis Longus, Flexor Digitorum Longus
Dorsiflexors: Anterior Tibialis
Toe Extensors: Extensor Hallucis Longus, Extensor Digitorum Longus
Evertors—Peroneal (Fibularis) Group; Invertors—Tibialis Anterior and Posterior
Spiral-Diagonal Patterns for the Lower Extremity
Chapter 5. Stretches for the Upper Extremity
Pectoralis Major, Biceps, Triceps
Muscles of the Wrist and Hand
Spiral-Diagonal Patterns for the Upper Extremity
Chapter 6. Stretches for the Neck and Torso
Muscles of the Neck
Muscles of the Torso
Part III. Beyond the Basics
Chapter 7. Combining Techniques to Release Fibrotic Tissue
Modifying Fibrotic Tissue to Reduce Pain and Restore Range of Motion
Blending Soft Tissue Work and Facilitated Stretching
Releasing Fibrotic Tissue: Six Examples
Chapter 8. Stretching Routines for Specific Activities
Throwing and Racket Sports
Chapter 9. Routines for Common Soft Tissue Injuries
Caring for Acute and Chronic Injuries
Focusing on Upper Body Conditions
Focusing on Lower Body Conditions
Reference for massage therapy, athletic training, and other related courses; reference for sports medicine and fitness professionals, therapists, coaches, and athletes.
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 was one of only 180 massage therapists selected from a field of 800 applicants to be on the medical services team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
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), is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (1998), and is an ACE-certified personal trainer (2006).
McAtee regularly presents workshops and seminars to massage therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, chiropractors, Olympic-caliber athletes and coaches, and amateur athletes in the United States and abroad. He has been a keynote speaker and featured presenter at numerous national and international conventions. For more information, contact
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 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 during the preparation of the third edition of this book.