The Science of Stretching
Learn how to stretch properly.
An informed approach for all activities and every sport... Learn More
There are many books and posters dedicated to stretching. What makes "The Stark Reality of Stretching" different? The answer is simple. This book demonstrates how to stretch properly! It dispels myths in stretching, teaches the science of how muscles stretch and what you can & can't stretch. Now in its 5th Revised Edition!
There are many muscle imbalances that cause chronic pain and often injuries. Learning what to stretch and to do so effectively can improve mobility and function. The facts speak for themselves and studies have shown there are no specific stretches for different sports. Whether you're a golfer, a gardener, a hockey player or a runner - young or old, the 5 major muscle groups of the lower extremities all stretch the same way!
At our medical clinic we offer a one-on-one stretching session with our patients to ensure they are maintaining good symmetry and proper function. We also offer customized seminars and workshops for businesses, organizations, schools, and sports groups.
Contact our clinic for more information or bookings.
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"The Stark Reality of Stretching" offers a current and concise understanding of why we should stretch. It provides the science, anatomy, definitions, and illustrations necessary to understand how to stretch properly, and why the wrong stretches can cause injury.
This is a book about facts. In it you’ll find a Glossary of 116 definitions and terminologies as well as a Bibliography of over 60 studies from all over the world.
BONUS...in SECTION 4 you’ll find an Easy Reference to Correct Stretches that you can take to the gym.
New Revised 5th Edition
Available in print or Kindle editions
"I came to see you last November, I couldn't run 10 minutes. I got orthotics from you and followed your stretching program. - Read More
Sharon Secord, Ironman Athlete, Surrey, British Columbia
"Finally somebody who got it right! - Read More
Edward, Storrs Mansfield, Conneticutt USA
"An amazing book that could reduce your body pain". I picked this book up after suffering, for the first time in my life at 37 years of age, SEVERE shin-splints. - Read More
Tomasjpn from Omiya, Saitama, Japan
"There are also explanations of the problems that can be caused if proper stretching is not practiced (e.g. bunions or plantar fascitis pain could be caused by tight calf muscled). - Read More
College Park, Maryland USA
"Dr. Stark notes the unfortunate drop out rate of 'young' athletes, - forced into retirement due to repeated injury related to improper training...The Stark reality should be a must read for athletes, Phys-Ed teachers and those in the physical medical field.. - Read More
Denver Colorado USA
Calgary Herald - Susan Scott
Author exposes the dangers of some well-known and often-used stretches. - Read More
Vancouver Province - Sherri Kwasnicki
The controversial book ‘The Stark Reality of Stretching” suggests that some traditional methods of stretching may be doing more harm than good. Dr. Stark’s credentials are impeccable. - Read More
Toronto Star – Marlene Habib
The healthy power of stretching
Dr. Stark who specializes in biomechanics is a saviour to a range of active individuals – from those in Avril Douglas’ high-calibre class, to recreational athletes and weekend walkers. - Read More
Now - Michael Booth
Proper stretching is key to athletic performance.
According to Dr. Stark, a properly stretched and elongated muscle actually stores energy which helps an athlete perform to the best of his ability. - Read More
Georgia Straight – Jennifer Van Evra
According to Dr. Stark, a podiatrist who specializes in sports medicine and biomechanics, almost everyone develops muscle imbalances in the lower body because the muscles that keep us walking, running, standing, and even sitting, shorten dramatically over time with usage and fatigue. Nearly everyone has a dominant side. - Read More