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Facilitated Stretching  Print CE Course 4th Edition

Facilitated Stretching Print CE Course 4th Edition

$149.00 USD

Product Format

    Course components can be delivered as printed products or online:

    • Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition text
    • Online video
    • Recorded webinar
    • Study guide
    • Continuing education exam

    Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition CE Course offers a hands-on approach to helping clients and athletes enhance performance through PNF stretching techniques. Manual and massage therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, coaches, and other health care professionals will learn techniques for assessing current muscle function, improving range of motion, and increasing strength with a dynamic combination of photos, online video, and self-assessment tools.

    This continuing education course is supplemented by the text Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition With Online Video. The text includes a full-color interior with more than 450 photos and illustrations to provide professionals with a visual demonstration of the material. Stretches are demonstrated on a treatment table, mat on the floor, chair, cable-pulley machine, and weightlifting bench and grouped according to each joint. An appendix showcases anatomical planes of motion, anatomical terms, and types of joints to help professionals understand the body and how the material can be used in helping athletes. The recorded webinar offers further application of the foundational aspects of facilitated stretching from book author and expert Robert McAtee, LMT, CSCS, C-PT.

    The study guide for the course leads students in answering a series of questions on more than 90 stretches. Self-quiz questions and answers are a preparation tool for the continuing education exam taken at the conclusion of the course.


    A continuing education course for sports medicine and fitness professionals, including massage and manual therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, and coaches.

    Course Table of Contents

    Course Syllabus

    Course Materials

    Course Instructions

    Learning Objectives

    Learning with the Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition Book

    Chapter 1. Understanding the Basics of Stretching

    Chapter 2. Focusing on Facilitated Stretching

    Chapter 3. Using the Spiral–Diagonal Patterns of PNF

    Chapter 4. Stretches for the Torso and Neck

    Chapter 5. Stretches for the Lower Extremity

    Chapter 6. Stretches for the Upper Extremity

    Chapter 7. Stretching Routines for Specific Activities

    Study Guide Answer Keys

    Exam and Evaluation

    Exam Answer Sheet


    Course Evaluation

    Certificate Information

    Text Table of 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

    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 facilitated stretching, massage, and soft-tissue injury care. For more information, 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, is 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 on 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 was director of a sport physical therapy clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Charland passed away in December 2004. His significant contributions to previous editions continue to be appreciated.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 1 review
    Coach Holly
    Great Stretching and Anatomy Suggestions

    I loved the anatomy photos of what the stretches are targeting. Good video to go along with the text. Good background to PNF stretching. The only thing which was frustrating as an athletic trainer is the concept of no passive stretching. This format of stretching is all active, with isometric contractions for the facilitated stretching. Even in the beginning of the book it states that this type of stretching has not been proven to increase flexibility. So, this gives great instruction for stretch positioning and PNF patterns, but may not be the best method of stretching in a rehabilitation setting.