In every sport, there are athletes who represent true technical excellence. Their movement seems effortless, controlled and efficient: they create and control forces in the most effective way.
The building blocks of stability, mobility, symmetry, and balance provide the foundation for sports movement development and injury resistance. These elements combine to prevent the physical restrictions, imbalances and inefficient muscle recruitment patterns, which can block athletes from meeting their movement goals. The right muscles firing at the right time and in the right sequence can enable athletes to achieve their full physical potential.
Full of colour photographs and images to illustrate the techniques and theories involved, Stability, Sport, and Performance Movement introduces functional stability principles as they apply to sporting movement. It is an approach that has been used with international-level athletes in disciplines as diverse as swimming, badminton, gymnastics, karate, cycling, weight lifting, basketball, athletics, snow sports, football, golf, equestrian sports, and tennis. However, it is applicable and relevant across all age groups and ability levels, from beginners through to veterans. Effective adult movement starts with great foundations, so a dedicated chapter on establishing stable controlled movement in children is included.
Joanne Elphinston is a Performance Consultant, international lecturer and physiotherapist working with elite and professional athletes including Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship medallists, Premiership footballers and professional golfers. Joanne is a consultant on Performance Movement to the British Olympic Association, as well as advising professional sporting organisations on technical movement enhancement for performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation. She also has extensive experience in child and adolescent movement development for sport and its progression into senior competition. With Paul Pook, Joanne co-wrote the best-selling The Core Workout.
“From start to finish everything is explained in an easy to understand technique... I would have no hesitation in recommending this for both the experienced and the student.” Positive Health Magazine, April, 2009
“Water sports have been my passion. In the early years it was swimming. Then I got exposed to rowing, surfing, paddle-boarding, surf skis and K-1 sprint kayaking. I have always struggled with balance issues and poor biomechanics. No one could ever give me any answers as to why. When I read this book, it was as if it had been written especially for me. For the first time in my life I had a logical systematic program that I could adopt which helped me with balance and efficient body mechanics. My biggest athletic goal now is to reach my potential as a Masters competitive flatwater sprint kayaker. The exercises advocated in the book have helped me to develop proper biomechanics, prevent injuries and reach my potential. It will be a lifetime treasure.” Jack Lincke, Retired Professor Orange Coast College, Physical Education and Athletics, Masters K-1 Flatwater Sprint Paddler, age 64
“Absolutely brilliant. I have read so many books and papers over the years and not yet come across a book that links the missing pieces of structural dysfunction and exercise. It puts the practical experience and scientific theories into a simplified textbook that really does explain the how's, when's and why's to poor body alignments/movements. The book is very user friendly; any body involved in any form of exercise or rehab should be reading this. It is so simple to follow; it doesn't use complicated jargon, has great photos, several explanations, and ample of clinically reasoned common sense. £25 is far too cheap; this book is invaluable; extremely informative; 10 out of 10.