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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Books/Media, Reviews | 0 comments

Stability, Sport and Performance Movement

Stability, Sport and Performance Movement

Further to our review of JEMS workshop we wanted to let you know about a new book coming out very soon.  It’s a second edition of Stability, Sport and Performance Movement by Joanne Elphinston and here is Joanne’s summary on What’s new? ..  You can find quick link to it on our Amazon Recommendations on the right of the screen.

“Edition Two of Stability, Sport and Performance Movement introduces a brand new model for understanding movement control and force expression: functional force management (FFM). The model of high and low threshold training that is commonly used is actually quite limited when considering the body in motion. FFM brings together biomechanics, myofascial concepts and motor control in a simple but immediately applicable way for both assessment and exercise programme design.

What, for example would be different between the trunk control work a golfer would do compared with a footballer, a swimmer or a skier? Why is an exercise good for one athlete and potentially performance detracting for another? FFM has the answers to this, and it is easier than you might expect to apply.

There is a whole new chapter on this concept, which is followed through in the applied anatomy chapter, where FFM principles are explored through the fundamental movement and force transmission behaviours in the upper, central and lower zones. It’s not enough to say that pelvic stability is compromised – you want to know exactly which lower zone behaviour is the issue so that you hit the right targets in your programme.

The premise of movement efficacy as the goal rather than “stability” is introduced, and throughout the first four chapters we have some new clinical and practical examples as well as new personal explorations to investigate this. There is more on posture as well as the feet, before we get to the movement testing chapter, where the tests are now seen through the lense of movement behaviours. This gives a richer understanding of the purposes of these commonly performed tests beyond simply “control”.

There is new material on the principles of progression and programme construction, and a small number of additions to the exercise library, with some new exercises also appearing in the first four chapters to illustrate clear points. These chapters retain their essential structure, character and content, however the instructions and explanations have been refined and extended in many cases to reflect the development of the approach.

I have taken out the children’s chapter, as it was lost in this book. I’m integrating it into a specific book on developing children to do it justice. More on that later…

The book’s audience was incredibly broad last time, reaching therapists, sports doctors, coaches, Pilates and yoga instructors, personal trainers, athletes and non athletes, many of whom wrote to me to tell me about what they learned about themselves and what they found useful. I’ve really tried to preserve that tone in the book, so that it is readable by anyone interested in the body no matter what their background.

So, there is a lot of change and evolution in this edition, and if you found the last edition helpful, this one should provide greater depth and insight. I really hope that it will be a valued companion for you for a long time.”

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