Ask any serious, elite-level athlete or coach ‘what are the keys to sporting success and achieving peak performance levels?’, and they’ll tell you that stretching before your workout is vital to ensure high performance and injury prevention.
That’s where Stretching for Sporting Success comes in. It’s the ultimate guide to enhancing your all-round flexibility and reducing the chance of injuries during physical exercise.
Stretching is an area of fitness that is easy to pay less attention to, and also often misunderstood, but it is vital you give it the time and respect that it deserves.
Stretching is vitally important, and the resulting increase in flexibility can be the difference between injury and setting a personal best, yet the wrong type of stretching at the wrong time can actually reduce the amount of force your muscles are able to generate.
The good news is that stretching is not a ‘heavy science’, and Stretching for Sporting Success will help you understand the concepts and how to apply them in a practical sporting environment.
Stretching for Sporting Success combines both scientific knowledge with practical guidelines to allow you to enjoy increased flexibility in the core areas of your body.
It helps you understand how your body’s muscle groups interact, so you can maximise your stretching and flexibility programme as well as doing it in less time, allowing you more time to focus on the rest of your workout in the knowledge that your body is fully prepared to give you a more effective and efficient period of exercise. Better still, everything is explained in practical terms, so that each exercise programme can quickly be incorporated into your workout routines.
Stretching for Sporting Success will help you to:
- develop a personal stretching programme that is ideal for your body and your fitness regime
- use simple stretching techniques to avoid injury during competition
- understand the latest scientifically proven advice to maximise the benefits from every workout
- Benefits of flexibility
- Specifics of flexibility… how flexible do you need to be?
- Stretching dos and don’ts… how to get the most from stretching
- Flexibility self-assessments
- Types of stretching
- Library of stretches by muscle group
John Shepherd, MA is a well respected health, fitness and sports journalist.
He holds a degree in physical education, and was a long-jumper for the Great Britain and England squads in the 1980s and 1990s.
With a wealth of personal experience of elite level sports training and competition, John currently coaches top-class athletes across the UK.