Dr. Mark Kovacs, FACSM, CTPS, MTPS, CSCS*D, USPTA, PTR
World Renowned Expert in Sport Science & Human Performance
The “Flexible Stretching Strap Workbook” by sport scientist and former professional tennis player Dr. Mark Kovacs provides step-by-step techniques for maximizing flexibility and range of motion. The book is divided into 3 sections:
1. The introduction reviews the benefits of stretching and different techniques. Dr. Kovacs provides his experience in providing stretching programs for various Olympic and professional athletes.
2. Types of stretching and terminology are presented, as well as outlines of specific programs and stretching activities for 15 sports and various body parts.
3. Individual body part stretches from neck to foot.
Dr. Kovacs shares the benefits of using the flexible Stretch Strap, including multiple loops that permit gradual stretching and the ability to perform “contract-relax” (PNF) and “active isolated” stretching that eliminates the need for a partner. According to Dr. Kovacs, the Stretch Strap allows greater range of motion, less discomfort, longer lever arms, and is more portable and cost-effective than other stretching devices. He also notes that without a Stretch Strap, individuals may not be able to reach their stretching goals.
The book includes 24 programs for general stretching and sport-specific activities. Recommendations are provided for beginners, intermediate, and advanced individuals. Specific stretches are included for the neck, shoulder, forearm, hip and leg. Each stretch has 3 photos (start, contract, stretch) with written description.
I recommend this book for anyone, including athletes, who want to incorporate a more effective ‘contract-relax’ stretching technique into their routine. I really liked the sport-specific stretching routines, and easy-to-follow instructions for contract-relax stretching. For more information on stretching, read my article here.
- Dr. Phil Page, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM www.drphilpage.com
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Videos for Purchase
MODERN TENNIS STROKE DVDs: The Backhand, The Forehand, The Return and The Serve. Featuring Gabe Jaramillo and Dr. Mark Kovacs. Gabe talks about the strokes from a coaching perspective and Mark from a biomechanics view.
Visit www.itpa-tennis.org to purchase separately.
Or, visit the DVD Packages page to save money by purchasing all 4! DVD Packages
Virtual Consulting: Many individuals contact Dr. Kovacs from all over the world looking for advice or answers to specific questions or to review video of strokes, footwork or exercise technique. Due to technology, he has the ability to work with a select few individuals virtually.
30 Minutes call/email with Dr. Mark Kovacs (discuss specific topics of your choice. Some of the most common are general sport science topics, tennis injuries, parent questions, tennis coach / trainer questions, technology in sport etc. Either phone call or via email / skype. Your choice. After checking out, we will email you to schedule. US$150
60 minutes call/email with Dr. Mark Kovacs (discuss specific topics of your choice. Some of the most common are general sport science topics, tennis injuries, parent questions, tennis coach / trainer questions, technology in sport etc. Either phone call or via email / skype. Your choice. After checking out, we will email you to schedule. US$250
Mark Kovacs is Executive Director of the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA), the leader in tennis-specific performance, education and certification. Visit the iTPA website for many tennis-fitness products, including certifications, DVDs, Tshirts, Workshops and more.