I (Brad Appleton - the author of this document) do not claim to be any kind of expert on stretching, anatomy, physiology, or any other biological science. I am merely attempting to compile information that I have read in books or that has been presented to me by knowledgeable sources.
The techniques, ideas, and suggestions in this document are not intended as a substitute for proper medical advice! Consult your physician or health care professional before performing any new exercise or exercise technique, particularly if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you are elderly, or if you have any chronic or recurring conditions. Any application of the techniques, ideas, and suggestions in this document is at the reader's sole discretion and risk.
The author and publisher of this document and their employers make no warranty of any kind in regard to the content of this document, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. The author and publisher of this document and their employers are not liable or responsible to any person or entity for any errors contained in this document, or for any special, incidental, or consequential damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this document.
In other words: "I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV!" I can not be held liable for any damages or injuries that you might suffer from somehow relying upon information in this document, no matter how awful. Not even if the information in question is incorrect or inaccurate. If you have any doubt (and even if you don't) you should always check with your doctor before trying any new exercise or exercise technique.
Thanks to all the readers of the `rec.martial-arts', `rec.arts.dance' and `misc.fitness' newsgroups on Usenet who responded to my request for questions (and answers) on stretching. Many parts of this document come directly from these respondents. Thanks in particular to Shawne Neeper for sharing her formidable knowledge of muscle anatomy and physiology.
Other portions of this document rely heavily upon the information in the following books:
Sport Stretch, by Michael J. Alter (referred to as M. Alter in the rest of this document)
Stretching Scientifically, by Tom Kurz (referred to as Kurz in the rest of this document)
The Health For Life Training Advisor, also from Health For Life (referred to as HFLTA in the rest of this document)
SynerStretch For Total Body Flexibility, from Health For Life (referred to as SynerStretch in the rest of this document)
Mobility Training for the Martial Arts, by Tony Gummerson (referred to as Gummerson in the rest of this document)
Further information on these books and others, is available near the end of this document. See section References on Stretching.
If you have specific questions or comments about the specific content of one or more parts of the stretching FAQ, please email them to me at bradapp(at)enteract.com. However, please do not email me asking for any stretching advice! I am a professional software developer of programming tools and environments. I simply am not qualified to dispense medical or fitness advice. You need to seek out a licensed/certified medical or fitness professional for that sort of thing. The information I have compiled here comes from various expert sources, and I certainly learned a lot when I researched the subject, but Im not an expert myself.Stretching / Flexibility Table of Contents