Science of Flexibility

ISBN-10: 0736048987

ISBN-13: 9780736048989

Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Michael J. Alter
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Description: Gain a well-rounded understanding of the principles underlying stretching and flexibility with the updated third edition of Science of Flexibility. This practical text includes illustrated stretching exercises with a concentration on muscle structure and the technical nature of stretching. You will learn about the principles and clinical aspects of flexibility, the factors limiting flexibility, as well as techniques to enhance flexibility throughout the body.Based on the latest research, Science of Flexibility, Third Edition, provides a comprehensive examination of the scientific, anatomical, and clinical principles of stretching. A 16-page appendix features 60 illustrated stretching exercises. A basic stretching exercise is given for every major part of the body-starting with the toes and plantar arches in the feet, on to the quadriceps and hip flexors, trunk and back, and finishing with the neck, shoulders, and arms.The new edition also includes many additional features:--An expanded research section with 2, 100 scholarly and professional references-Boxes within the text that expand discussion of stretching-related topics such as elasticity, collagen and scarring, and altered stretch perception-Redrawn tables and figures as well as new illustrations-New information on several sports and artistic disciplines, including music and dance, and their functional aspects of stretchingIn addition, detailed illustrations and graphs, along with expanded captions and more than 30 photos, help showcase important concepts and the muscular components involved in flexibility and stretching. Science of Flexibility, Third Edition, is an excellent reference for anyone seeking the most current information and a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of stretching and flexibility.

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Book details

List price: $75.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 3/31/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.948
Language: English

Overview: Basic Sciences Related to Flexibility
Modern Overview of Flexibility and Stretching
Defining Flexibility
Differences Among Flexibility, Hypermobility, Joint Laxity, and Joint Instability
Nature of Flexibility
Flexibility-Training Program
Benefits of a Flexibility-Training Program
Summary
Topics in Osteology and Arthrology
Classifications of Study
Classification of Joints and Their Influence on Motion
Types of Motion
Relationship Between Bone Growth and Flexibility
Wolff's Law
Close-Packed Position and Its Relation to Flexibility
Loose-Packed Position and Its Relation to Flexibility
Summary
Contractile Components of Muscle: Limiting Factors of Flexibility
General Overview of Skeletal Muscles
Composition of Myofibrils and Their Constituents
Regions of the Sarcomere
Ultrastructure of the Connecting, or Gap Filament: Titin
Sarcomere Structural Bridges
Theory of Contraction
Theory of Muscular Relaxation
Theoretical Limit of Muscular Elongation
Modifying the "Classic" Sliding Filament Model
Additional Limitations to Range of Motion
Effects of Immobilization
Mechanism of Passive Stretch on Myofibrillogenesis
Proposed Methods of Modulating Gene Expression via Stretching
Summary
Connective Tissue: A Limiting Factor of Flexibility
Collagenous Tissue
Ultrastructure of Collagenous Tissue
Elastic Tissue
Relationship Between Collagenous and Elastic Fibers
Structures Composed of Connective Tissue
Effects of Immobilization on Connective Tissue
Metabolic and Nutritional Influences on Connective Tissue
Summary
Mechanical and Dynamic Properties of Soft Tissues
Terminology
Soft Tissues
Muscle
Vascular Tissue
Peripheral Nerves
Factors Affecting the Mechanical Properties of Connective Tissues, Muscles, and Nerves
Need for Additional Research
Summary
Clinical Considerations
Neuroscience of Flexibility
Sensory Receptors Related to Stretching
Reflexes and Other Spinal Neural Circuits
Coactivation/Cocontraction
Plasticity of the Spinal Cord Neural Circuits
Neurological and Other Factors of Flexibility Training
Summary
Hypermobility of the Joint
Terminology
Assessment of Joint Hypermobility
Determining Factors of Hypermobility
Consequences of Hypermobility
General Management of Hypermobility
Inherited Syndromes
Research Perspectives in Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue
Additional Issues
Contortionism
Summary
Relaxation
Defining Relaxation
Measuring Relaxation
Methodologies of Facilitating Muscular Relaxation
Summary
Muscular Injury and Soreness: Etiology and Consequences
Damaged or Torn Muscle Hypothesis
Damaged Connective Tissue Hypothesis
Hypothesis of Metabolic Accumulation or Osmotic Pressure and Swelling
Lactic Acid Accumulation Hypothesis
Hypothesis of Localized Spasm of Motor Units
Predisposing Factors of Delayed Muscle Soreness
Trauma and Overload Injury to the Musculature and Connective Tissues
Medical Management of Acute Soft Tissue Injuries
Effects of Mechanical Stress on Elasticity and Strength of Collagen in Scar Tissue
Summary
Special Factors in Flexibility
Children and Flexibility Development
Gender Differences in Flexibility
Body Build and Flexibility
Racial Differences in Flexibility
Genetics and Flexibility
Dominant Laterality and Flexibility
Warming Up and Cooling Down
Strength Training and Flexibility
Circadian Variations and Flexibility
Summary
Social Facilitation and Psychology in Developing Flexibility
Effects of an Audience on Developing Flexibility Through Stretching
Theoretical Aspects of Mental Training
Cybernetic Stretch
Ideokinetic Imagery
Psychosomatic Factors
Psychology of Compliance in Flexibility Training, Injury Prevention, and Rehabilitation Programs
Summary
Principles of Stretching
Stretching Concepts
Homeostasis
Overstretching Principle
Flexibility-Training Methods
Retention of Flexibility
Requisite Knowledge for Stretching
Potential Factors Influencing Flexibility (ROM)
Additional Principles of Stretching
Summary
Types and Varieties of Stretching
Traditional Classifications of Stretching
Additional Classifications
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
Additional Stretching Techniques
Mobilization
Manipulation and Chiropractic Adjustment
Traction
Nontraditional Stretching Devices
Summary
Controversy Over Stretching and Controversial Stretches
Flexibility Continuum
X-Rated Exercises
No Absolute "No-Nos"
Summary
Stretching and Special Populations
Flexibility and the Geriatric Population
Flexibility and Pregnancy
Flexibility and People With Physical Disabilities
Summary
Anatomical (or Regional) Aspects of Flexibility and Stretching
Anatomy and Flexibility of the Lower Extremity and Pelvic Girdle
The Foot and Toes
The Ankle Joint
The Lower Leg
The Knee Joint
The Upper Leg
The Pelvic Region
The Hip Joint
Summary
Anatomy and Flexibility of the Vertebral Column
Gross Anatomy of the Vertebral Column
Function of the Vertebral Column
The Vertebrae
The Intervertebral Disks
The Vertebral Ligaments
Limits on Range of Motion of the Thoracic-Lumbar Region
Interrelationship of Stretching the Lower Back, Pelvis, and Hamstrings
The Cervical Vertebrae
Movements of the Cervical Region
Summary
Anatomy and Flexibility of the Upper Extremity
The Shoulder Girdle and Arm
The Elbow Joint and Forearm Region
The Wrist Joint
Summary
Specific Disciplines
Functional Aspects of Stretching and Flexibility
Aesthetic Aspect of Skills
Biomechanical Aspect of Skills: ROM
Additional Impediments
Jogging, Running, and Sprinting
Swimming and Water Polo
Throwing and Projecting
Wrestling
Weight Lifting, Power Lifting, and Bodybuilding
Rib Cage Flexibility, Performance, and Respiration
Springboard and Platform Diving
Golf
Ballet and Other Forms of Dance
Musicians
Summary
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