I have an alert set up so whenever anybody writes anything about stretching or flexibility I get notified. Everything from a blog post to a new book on stretching; I get an email that tells me about it.
In the last 2 years I’ve seen more new books on stretching and flexibility than in the previous 20 years.
When I wrote my first book on stretching back in 1995, there was only one other publication in the world specifically devoted to the topic of stretching. Do an Amazon search today for books on stretching and you’ll find over 150 titles.
In fact, there’s so many books on stretching now that one recent publication even used the same title as one of my books; The Anatomy of Stretching. And there’s even a Stretching for Dummies book available.
So what do I think of all these new titles?
Well, at last count I have over 50 of them on my bookshelf, not to mention another 30 DVD’s on the subject, so I feel justified in making the following comment.
While most of them have a large selection of stretches to choose from and lovely pictures and illustrations, they all lack one very important component.
For the most part, the authors don’t understand the physiology behind stretching. They lump all stretching together and make no attempt to distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of each type of stretching.
It’s the equivalent of a strength coach saying all strength training is the same. Kettle bells, free weights, thera-bands, plyometrics, circuit training: It’s all the same. The problem is; IT’S NOT.
Each different type has its place. And only when you understand how to use each type can you properly apply them for a specific purpose.
And here’s another thing that most other authors of books on stretching don’t seem to get… There are only TWO types of stretching: Static and Dynamic. Not 5 or 10 or 20. Just two!
Now, there’s a number of different ways to do a static stretch and a number of different ways to do a dynamic stretch. But they’re still either a static stretch or a dynamic stretch. And if you haven’t figured that out yet, you shouldn’t be writing books on stretching.
So, if I had to recommend just a few books on stretching and flexibility, which ones would I recommend? Take a look at my top 10 books on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management at the link below… Top 10 books on Stretching, Flexibility and Sports Injury Management
Until next time; stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach