This is an exercise anatomy bestseller updated. Visually stunning and immediately accessible, this best-selling guide combines step-by-step instructions for performing 86 stretches and 110 full-colour anatomical illustrations highlighting the primary muscles and surrounding structures engaged. More than just an instruction manual, Stretching Anatomy includes a Stretch Focus section that details the procedure and utility for each exercise as well as safety considerations, benefits and variations for increasing or decreasing difficulty. Stretching provides numerous benefits, including improved flexibility, stamina, posture and muscular strength as well as reduced muscle soreness. Stretching Anatomy is one of 20 titles in the Anatomy Series, Human Kinetics' bestselling series of all time with over two million copies in print.
Arnold G. Nelson, PhD, is a professor in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. A leading researcher on flexibility, he is considered one of the top authorities on the effect of stretching on muscle performance. Nelson is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and earned his PhD in muscle physiology from the University of Texas at Austin. He resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jouko Kokkonen, PhD, is a professor in exercise science at Brigham Young University in Hawaii. For more than two decades he has taught anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and athletic conditioning, and for more than three decades he has coached track and field. Kokkonen's research has focused on the acute and chronic effects of stretching. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology from Brigham Young University and now resides in Laie, Hawaii, with his wife, Ruthanne.