The third edition of Facilitated Stretching is now revised, reorganized, and packaged with a DVD—surpassing its popular predecessor as the best source for the latest PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching techniques.
Facilitated Stretching, Third Edition, provides a useful 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. The third edition contains all the great features of the previous edition, plus the following:
A companion DVD that demonstrates live stretching techniques from the book for a clearer understanding
New 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
The new edition has also been reorganized using a regional approach to presenting muscle group functions 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 appropriately 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.
More than 350 photographs showing the progression of stretches enrich the book while the new 60-minute DVD demonstrates the stretches and strengthening exercises in even more detail. Icons are featured throughout the text, indicating which exercises are demonstrated on the DVD. A unique binding also allows you to lay the book flat while performing the exercises without losing your place. The DVD serves as a great visual tool for improving your technique and getting the most out of your routines.
An ideal reference for fitness professionals, Facilitated Stretching, Third Edition, provides techniques to help athletes, patients, and clients improve flexibility, strength, and coordination while also treating and preventing injuries. Students in massage therapy, athletic training, and other professional training programs will discover how to use facilitated stretching in conjunction with massage and other manual therapy techniques. A test package is also available for instructors and is conveniently offered through a product-specific Web site: www.HumanKinetics.com/FacilitatedStretching.
With Facilitated Stretching, Third Edition, 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
About the Authors
Textbook 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, CO.
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.
He has been a keynote speaker and featured presenter at numerous national and international conventions. 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 an ACE-certified personal trainer (2006).
McAtee regularly presents workshops on facilitated stretching, massage, and soft-tissue injury care nationally and internationally. For more information, please contact him at
Pro-Active Massage Therapy 1119 N. Wahsatch Ave., Suite 1 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 USA Tel: 719-475-1172 Website: www.stretchman.com
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 sports physical therapy clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Charland passed away during the preparation of this third edition.
"Facilitated Stretching serves the elite athlete and the weekend warrior well. Bob McAtee has worked on my aches and pains a dozen or so times over the years. He's one of the finest!"
Harvey S. Newton, CSCS Executive Director National Strength and Conditioning Association (review of previous edition)
"Facilitated Stretching is an excellent contribution to the art and science of manual therapy. Bob McAtee provides a technically sound, easy-to-follow approach to therapeutic muscle stretching. I highly recommend it."
Robert K. King Founder and President of Chicago School of Massage Therapy Author of Performance Massage (review of previous edition)
"Clear, step-by-step descriptions, detailed illustrations, and ease of use make Facilitated Stretching an essential resource for any massage therapist."
Pat Archer, MS, ATC, LMP Cortiva Institute-Brenneke School Senior Faculty and Director of Therapeutic Massage In Athletics Certification Course Author of Therapeutic Massage In Athletics (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2006)
"Facilitated Stretching will benefit anyone interested in functional training. The coverage of spiral-diagonal PNF stretches alone makes this book and DVD a must-have."
Craig Liebenson, DC L.A. Sports and Spine International Association for the Study of Pain American Pain Society
"Bob McAtee has done an outstanding job with his revision of Facilitated Stretching. The crystal-clear text and sparkling, detailed photographs are a winning combination, and the new DVD brings the stretches to life! This book is a valuable addition to the library of every serious fitness professional."
Guy Andrews, MA, CSCS *D Executive Director Exercise ETC Inc.
Test Package. Created with Respondus 2.0 and features 176 questions in various formats including multiple choice, true-or-false, and fill-in-the-blank covering the key information in each chapter. With Respondus LE, a free version of the Respondus software, instructors can
create print versions of their own tests by selecting from the question pool;
create, store, and retrieve their own questions;
select their own test forms and save them for later editing or printing; and
export the tests into a word-processing program.
A Respondus upgrade also offers the capability to create and manage exams that can be published directly to Blackboard, eCollege, WebCT, and other course management systems. Instructions for downloading a free version of Respondus are included in the test package.
Presentation package. The presentation package includes 261 PowerPoint slides of text, artwork, and photos from the book that instructors can use for class discussion and demonstration.
The slides in the presentation package can be used directly in PowerPoint or be printed to make transparencies or handouts for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides as well as search for images based on key words.
The presentation package is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-0-7360-7448-3