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Facilitated Stretching-4th Edition With Online Video

Facilitated Stretching-4th Edition With Online Video

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    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.


    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.

    Table of Contents

    Online Video 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

    Appendix: Anatomical Terms
    About the Authors

    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.


    “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


    All ancillary materials are FREE to course adopters and available at

    Test package. Features a bank of more than 200 questions in mutiple-choice, true-or-false, and fill-in-the-blank formats. The test package is available for use through multiple formats, including a learning management system, Respondus, and rich text.

    Image bank. Contains all the illustrations, photos, and tables from the book, sorted by chapter, that may be used in developing a customized presentation or in creating handouts for students or clients.

    The image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-5967-9

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