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Stability, Sport and Performance Movement, Second Edition

In every sport, there are athletes who represent true technical excellence. Their movement seems effortless and efficient: they create and control forces in the most effective way. Functional force management, the foundation for effective sporting movement and injury resistance, results from the integration of stability, mobility, coordination and balance. 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. A comprehensive chapter on movement testing is followed with four chapters of integrated exercise techniques, which clearly demonstrate form and progression from early activation through to higher-level neuromuscular drills. Programmes and clinical examples help the reader to appreciate the application of this approach across a variety of sports. 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. Effective movement starts with great foundations, and these are applicable and relevant across all age groups and ability levels, from beginners through to veterans.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition; Acknowledgments; Introduction Section One: Foundations and Fundamentals Chapter 1: Force, Flow and Functional Force Management; Chapter 2: Exploring the Stability Concept; Chapter 3: The Anatomy of Stability; Chapter 4: Key Concepts for Efficient Movement; Chapter 5: Functional Assessment Section Two: Building Progressive Programmes Chapter 6: Phase 1 - Activation and Awareness; Chapter 7: Phase 2 - Integration; Chapter 8: Phase 3 - Global Coordination; Chapter 9: Phase 4 - Dynamic Control; Chapter 10: Stability Across the Training Programme; Chapter 11: Sample Programmes; Chapter 12: Treatment Pathways; Resources; Index

About the Author

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 has been 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.

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