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Facilitated Stretching 4th Edition Online CE Course With Ebook

Facilitated Stretching 4th Edition Online CE Course With Ebook

$194.95 CAD


Product Format
    This package includes the following:
    • Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition, ebook
    • Online video
    • Online study guide
    • Recorded webinar
    • Online continuing education exam
    Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition, offers a hands-on approach to enhancing your clients’ and athletes’ performance through proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching techniques. This effective and easy-to-used method involves stretching the muscle, contracting it isometrically against resistance, and then stretching it again to increase range of motion.

    The book’s full-color interior presents more than 450 photos and illustrations visually depicting the techniques being discussed. A majority of the stretches include a self-stretch version and a partner stretch, with graphic elements on select photos highlighting the isometric effort for the stretcher and the partner. Stretches are grouped according to joint and are demonstrated in a variety of settings, including a treatment table, mat on the floor, chair, cable-pulley machine, and weightlifting bench.

    The accompanying online video demonstrates more than 90 of the stretches in the book, to reinforce proper technique for each stretch, as well as four sample stretching routines. The book also includes specific routines for athletes in cycling, golf, running, swimming, throwing and racket sports, and ice hockey. 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 included recorded webinar by book author and expert Robert McAtee, LMT, CSCS, C-PT, offers further application of the foundational aspects of facilitated stretching. The study guide offers a series of questions on over 90 stretches to help further understanding. Once you complete the course and pass the exam, you can print a certificate for continuing education credits.

    Learning Objectives
    • Discuss general guidelines for any type of stretching, including the importance of good biomechanics.
    • Examine the role of reflexes in stretching.
    • Describe a variety of stretching techniques.
    • Outline the spiral–diagonal patterns of PNF and describe how to use them in facilitated stretching to improve flexibility and the interaction of synergistic muscle groups.
    • Explain and demonstrate strength training exercises using spiral patterns, incorporating stability balls and elastic bands.
    • Explain and demonstrate how to stretch the major muscles, both partner-assisted and self-stretches for the upper extremities, lower extremities, neck, and torso.
    • Create stretching routines for a variety of activities, including running, throwing and racket sports, cycling, golf, and swimming.


    Sports medicine and fitness professionals, including massage and manual therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, and coaches.
    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

    Appendix. Anatomical Terms
    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 (1981-1982) 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, was a 1983 graduate of the physical therapy program at University of Wisconsin at Madison, 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.

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