Top sport massage therapists teach how to improve flexibility, strength and coordination

Champaign, IL–In Facilitated Stretching, iPad Version With Video, Robert McAtee and Jeff Charland provide an overview of PNF stretching–a safe and easy-to-use method that involves stretching the muscle, contracting it isometrically against resistance, then stretching it again to a new range of motion. These steps apply whether isolating one muscle at a time or using the spiral-diagonal patterns of PNF to stretch groups of muscles simultaneously. This book with integrated video includes the following features:

  • 91 video clips that demonstrate live stretching for a clearer understanding of technique
  • A table of contents and video directory with active links to each exercise
  • Stretching routines for a variety of popular activities including running, golf, swimming, cycling, and throwing and racket sports
  • General stretches and stretches for older participants
  • Stretching activities with added strength work using stability balls and elastic bands
  • Stretching and strengthening tips for dealing with–and even preventing–common soft-tissue injuries

Following a regional approach by functions of muscle groups around specific joints, you will learn how to stretch each major muscle in the body, both individually and in groups. In addition, you will discover how to use group-pattern stretches to improve flexibility and coordination and individual muscle stretches to relax tight muscles and break up adhesions within or between muscles. Instruction is provided for using the techniques independently or with a partner.

Facilitated Stretching iPad Version With Video, which costs $19.99, offers a cutting-edge tool packed with the latest PNF stretching techniques to help assess current muscle function, improve range of motion, increase strength, reduce overuse injuries and enhance performance. For more information, visit or call (800) 747-4457.

About the authors

Robert McAtee, L.M.T., C.S.C.S., C.-P.T., 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 was one of only 180 massage therapists selected from a field of 800 applicants to be on the medical services team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

McAtee regularly presents workshops and seminars to massage therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, chiropractors, Olympic-caliber athletes and coaches, and amateur athletes in the U.S. and abroad. He has been a keynote speaker and featured presenter at numerous national and international conventions.

Jeff Charland, P.T., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., G.D.M.T., was a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison physical therapy program, where he also competed as a varsity wrestler on a scholarship. Beginning in 1987, Charland lectured in the areas of 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 NSCA. In 1997, he earned a certification in active release techniques. He also served as director of a sport physical therapy clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Charland passed away during the preparation of the third edition of this book.