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About the Product 

This new edition of Sport Stretch is a complete guide to flexibility for both weekend warriors and elite competitors. It features more stretches than the first edition, a new user-friendly layout, and more background information on the hows and whys of stretching.

The centerpieces of this comprehensive book are its illustrations and step-by-step guidelines for 311 different stretches. The stretches can be used individually or grouped with other stretches to form a personalized flexibility program.

Athletes looking to use the stretches to improve performance in a specific sport will love the book’s Stretching Program section. It’s full of handy tables that detail the most effective exercises for individual sports. There are sample programs for 41 sports in all!

Sport Stretch also provides a selection of "All Star" stretches. These include the single best stretches for 28 muscle groups and the 12 best stretches overall. The exercises are perfect to use for warming up and cooling down.

For those who are looking for background information on flexibility, this book explains the basic principles of stretching and describes how the body responds during stretching. Readers will discover what causes muscle soreness, how increased flexibility translates directly into better performance and lessens the chances of injury, and more.

Sport Stretch has everything athletes need to limber up and play their best. It takes the guesswork out of stretching by providing 311 exercises for 41 sports.

About the Author

A former gymnast, coach, and nationally certified men’s
gymnastics judge, Michael J. Alter is an expert on the subject of stretching. He is the author of Science of Flexibility, Science of Stretching, and the first edition of Sport Stretch.

Alter earned his MS in health education from Florida International University in 1976. He taught high school physical education and coached gymnastics for several years prior to his current position in Miami as a high school teacher.

Alter has been a guest lecturer at annual meetings across the country, including the 1994 Chiropractic Sports Science Symposium and the 1992 Scientific Meeting of the North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine.

In his leisure time, Alter enjoys bicycling, listening to classical music, working out with weights, and studying sports medicine.

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding Flexibility

  • The Benefits of Stretching
  • How the Body Responds to Stretching
  • What Happens When You Stretch?
  • Stretching Techniques
  • What Causes Muscle Soreness?
  • Appropriate Injury Management
  • Adding a Stretching Program to Your Workout
  • The Controversy About Stretching
  • Advanced Stretches

    Part II: All-Star Stretches
  • 12 All-Star Stretches
  • 28 Maximal Isolation All-Stars

    Part III: Stretching Routines for Specific Sports
  • Archery
  • Baseball, Softball, and Cricket (General Field Players)
  • Baseball, Softball (Pitchers), and Cricket (Bowlers)
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Cycling and Triathlon
  • Dance (Beginning)
  • Dance (Advanced)
  • Diving (3- to 10-Meter)
  • Figure Skating
  • Football (Offensive Line and Defensive Line)
  • Football (Defensive Backs and Receivers)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hiking and Backpacking
  • Ice Hockey
  • In-Line Skating
  • Jogging
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts (Beginning)
  • Martial Arts (Advanced)
  • Race Walking
  • Rowing, Kayaking, and Canoeing
  • Sailing and Windsurfing
  • Skiing (Alpine)
  • Soccer (International Football)
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis, Racquetball, and Handball
  • Track and Field (High Jump and Pole Vault)
  • Track and Field (Hurdles, Long and Triple Jump, and Sprints)
  • Track and Field (Discus, Hammer Throw, Javelin, and Shot Put)
  • Volleyball
  • Water Skiing
  • Weight Lifting
  • Weight Lifting (Light Weights)
  • Wrestling

    Part IV: Illustrated Instructions for 311 Stretches

  • Feet and Ankles
  • Lower Legs
  • Hamstrings
  • Adductors
  • Quadriceps
  • Hips and Gluteals
  • Lower Torso
  • Upper Back
  • Neck
  • Pectorals
  • Shoulders
  • Arms and Wrists
  • Words of Praise

    "The American Running and Fitness Association has been recommending Sport Stretch since it first came out. This new edition is even better. Alter provides a smorgasbord of stretches, so it’s easy to find one that works for you. No matter what your sport is, Alter can help your flexibility, and possibly your performance."Susan Kalish

    Susan Kalish
    Former Executive Director
    American Running and Fitness Association