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Walker Brad - Ultimate guide to stretching and flexibility


Author : Walker Brad
Title : Ultimate guide to stretching and flexibility ...for all ages, all sports and all fitness levels
Year : 2013

Link download : Walker_Brad_-_Ultimate_guide_to_stretching_and_flexibility.zip

Introduction. In the late 80’s and early 90’s I was competing as a professional triathlete and working in the sports coaching industry. I had the pleasure of working with a number of high profile coaches, athletes and sports doctors, and I started to notice a common theme among the injured athletes that I saw: A lack of flexibility. At university I dedicated a large portion of my time to the study of stretching and flexibility training, and wherever possible chose the topic for my assignments and research papers. Then in 1992 I was fortunate enough to work with an exceptional sports coach by the name of Col Stewart. Col is one of those rare coaches who can take just about any sport, and devise a specific training program that always produces outstanding improvements for the athlete. His coaching is largely responsible for the success of many of his world champion athletes: Including his son, Miles Stewart (World Triathlon Champion); Mick Doohan (World 500cc Motorcycle Champion); and countless others from sports as diverse as roller-skating, squash, and cycling. During my time under his tuition, I noticed that his athletes were able to remain injury free while sustaining training loads that would cripple the average athlete. And one of the keys to his athletes’ success was stretching. I was convinced that improved flexibility through the proper use of stretching was a key component to improving athletic performance and reducing susceptibility to sports injury. The problem was; I could not find a publication that was as serious about stretching as I was. By 1995 I had become frustrated with the lack of information about stretching and was desperately seeking a comprehensive guide to flexibility training: A book that took stretching and flexibility seriously, with a detailed list and picture of every possible sports-related stretch a person could do. In my search I found many books where stretching got a mention, but nothing more than a page or two of vague generalizations and a few stick figures performing some very basic stretches. So I decided to stop searching and start writing. ...


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