Fascia in Sport and Movement

Fascia in Sport and Movement


Edited by Robert Schleip MA, PhD

Fascia in Sport and Movement provides sports coaches, movement teachers and manual therapists with the latest research on fascia and shows how an understanding of fascia’s structure and function should inform clinical practice.

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Fascia in Sport and Movement will enhance the knowledge of the manual therapist, sports professional, yoga teacher and Pilates instructor and improve their understanding and management of soft tissue injuries. Compiled and edited by Robert Schleip, one of the foremost researchers in the field of fascia for sport and movement, it gives the manual therapist information on how different activities influence the body’s soft tissue matrix and the kind of injuries that might occur. The contributors constitute a veritable who’s who of experts, who provide a distillation of the latest research and its practical applications. This book provides professionals with the most up to date information they need for success and is essential reading for all bodywork professionals, sports coaches, fitness trainers, yoga teachers, Pilates instructors, dance teachers and manual therapists.


Section 1: Theory

Fascia as a body-wide tensional network: Anatomy, biomechanics and physiology Schleip / Myofascial force transmission Mutch / Physiology and biochemistry Klingler / Fascia as sensory organ Schleip / Stress loading and matrix remodeling in tendon and tkeletal muscle: Cellular mechano-stimulation and tissue remodeling Kjaer / Anatomy trains in motion Myers / Purposeful movements as a result of coordinated myofascial chain activity, represented by the models of Kurt Tittel and Leopold Busquet Richter / Hyper and hypo-mobility of the joints: Consequences for function, activities and participation Remvig, Juul-Kristensen & Engelbert / Human movement performance: Stretching misconceptions and future trends Lederman / Fascial tissues in motion: Elastic storage and recoil dynamics Schleip

Section 2: Clinical application

Fascial fitness Schleip & Müller / Fascial form in yoga Avison / Fascia oriented Pilates training Larkam / Training fascia in Gyrotonic methodology Dennenmoser / How to train fascia in dance Simmel / The secret of fascia in the martial arts Petersen / Elastic walking Zorn / Functional training methods for the runner’s fascia Kelsick / Understanding mechano-adaptation of fascial tissues: Application to sports medicine Rodríguez & Galán del Río / How to train fascia in football coaching Eder & Hoffmann / Athletic coaching Mutch / Plyometric training: Basic principles for competitive athletes and modern ninja warriors Heiduk / Kettlebells and clubbells Eddy / Assessment technologies: From ultrasound and bio-impedance to myometry and motion sensors Gordon, Frenzel & Schleip / Palpation and functional assessment methods for fascia-related dysfunction Chaitow