By Robert Schleip and Jan Wilke
‘Fascia in Sport and Movement is the best source to date on the practical applications of fascia science to athletics and movement disciplines. It is essential reading for coaches, athletes, trainers, movement teachers, manual therapists, as well as anyone else interested in how fascial understanding can improve performance, expression, and movement freedom.’ Til Luchau, Director of Advanced-Trainings.com and author of Advanced Myofascial Techniques
Edited by Robert Schleip and Jan Wilke, Fascia in Sport and Movement, Second Edition is a unique publication, whose strength lies in the breadth of its coverage, the expertise of its authorship and the currency of its research and practice base.
- It is a multi-author book with contributions from 51 leading teachers and practitioners across the entire spectrum of bodywork and movement professions.
- It provides the most up-to-date information to support success in teaching, training, coaching, strengthening, tackling injury, reducing pain, and improving mobility.
- It explains and demonstrates how an understanding of the structure and function of fascia can inform and improve clinical practice.
- It provides knowledge and understanding to enable better expert management of soft tissue injuries
- It explores how different activities influence the body’s soft tissue matrix, and investigates the types of injuries which may occur
- It is a truly essential resource for all bodywork professionals – sports coaches, fitness trainers, yoga teachers, Pilates instructors, dance teachers and manual therapists.
New content for the second edition!
- The new edition boasts over 600 pages, nearly 400 color illustrations, and comprehensively updated coverage of the latest scientific and practical knowledge incorporated into each chapter. There are also 21 new chapters on a variety of subjects, including the influence of sex hormones on fascial connective tissue; nutrition; fluid dynamics; biotensegrity; hypo-and hypermobility; injury prevention; oncology and more!
- The section on clinical applications is now expanded by new chapters on eccentric training, foam rolling, walking, throwing, footwear, fascial strength training, mental imagery and more.
- Exciting new answers to clinical questions and problems and a multitude of reliable and novel information
- New inspiring questions, careful hypothetical speculations, as well as valuable clinical observations
- A completely new section on assessment methods and including new chapter contributions on joint mobility examination, ultrasound imaging techniques and mechanical assessment
Robert Schleip MA PhD
Director, Fascia Research Project, Ulm University, Germany; Research Director, European Rolfing Association; Certified Rolfing Instructor and Feldenkrais teacher; Author and co-editor of several books and numerous research articles. For his discovery of active contractile properties in fascial tissues he was awarded the prestigious Vladimir Janda Award for
Musculoskeletal Medicine. He was co-initiator and organiser of the first Fascia Research Congress held in Boston, USA in 2007.
Leader of the Fascia in Motion research group, Frankfurt University, Germany; Member of the American College of Sports Medicine; Conditioning coach who has worked with high-level athletes, including the former world No 1 tennis player, Angelique Kerber. His chapter on Myofascial Chains, published in Gray’s Anatomy, represents
one of the first anatomical atlas contributions explicitly focusing on fascia and movement.
Section 1 Theory
Highlights of fascial anatomy, morphology and function
Surprising facts about fascial physiology and biochemistry
Sex hormonal effects on tendons and ligaments
Stress loading and matrix remodeling in tendon and skeletal muscle: Cellular mechano-stimulation and tissue remodeling
Mechanical loading and adaptive responses of tendinous tissues
Nutrition and loading to improve fascia function
Hypo- and hypermobility
Elastic storage and recoil dynamics
Water and fluid dynamics in fascia
What is it good for? An evidence-based review of stretching in sport and movement
Biotensegrity in sport and movement
Myofascial continuity: Towards a new understanding of human anatomy
Mechanical force transmission across myofascial chains
Myofascial force transmission to synergistic and antagonistic muscles
Fascia as sensory organ
Fascia and musculoskeletal injury: An underestimated association?
Classification of athletic injuries to muscular tissues
Fascia, exercise and oncology
Section 2 Assessment methods
Assessment of joint mobility
Imaging techniques (ultrasound)
Palpation and functional assessment methods for fascia-related dysfunction
Section 3 Clinical application
Integrating clinical experience and scientific evidence – Roadmap for a healthy dialog between health practitioners and academic researchers
Basic principles of plyometric training
Eccentric training: The key for a stronger, more resilient athlete?
Foam rolling and roller massage effects and mechanisms
Food for the fascia: Molecular and biochemical processes
Walking: The benefit of being on two legs
Functional training methods for the runner’s myofascial systems
Shoes or no shoes during locomotion and exercise – Training potential for fascial structures of the lower extremity
Overarm throwing in humans
The secret role of fascia in the martial arts
The world as a playground: Ninja and parkour training
Anatomy Trains in motion
Fascial form in yoga
Yin yoga as a fascia-oriented practice
Fascia-focused Pilates training
Three-dimensional fascia-oriented training
Fascia-oriented strength training in a conventional gym environment
Rehabilitation in sport medicine
How to train fascia in soccer
Movement therapy for breast cancer survivors
Mental imagery, fascia and movement
Periodized fascia training for speed, power, and injury resilience