ASCT does not presently offer a course or CPD in these areas. Basic guidance is incorporated into the BTEC Diploma; we cover the theory , but practical training primarily concentrates on therapist administered stretching. We have run a workshop covering Active Isolated Stretch in the past but again this technique this focuses on the therapist providing the stretch. We further acknowledge that, unless you have had formal training in physical therapy or attended a Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer course, you may find advising on suitable routines for home practice a little complex. To this end we have researched several resources to assist our students and would recommend the products provided by StretchCoach.
StretchCoach was established in 1995 in response to a steadily increasing occurrence of sport related injury. Over the years the company has moved from providing fitness and sports coaching services that specialise in injury management, to now providing the same services via books, DVD's, software and educational treatment guides.
StretchCoach provide a variety of resources (see samples below) to assist practitioners ranging through articles about sports and injury, a dedicated blog, video demos of stretches, to a FREE eBook & MP3 Audio and regular email updates. To find out more click on the logo below.
Flexibility, Stretching, and Sports Injury
Based on a commitment to simplify the treatment and healing process of common injuries, which can be treated at home, StretchCoach provides helpful, step-by-step information and treatment guides to assist the active individual in returning to 100% health so they can continue their normal recreational and daily activities without the fear of further damage or injury. They also provide a number of products that aid the individual or practitioner in providing stretching routines. They recently received a five star rating from Shopper Approved. We also apply their tools and techniques in our private clinics.
Standing Lateral Side Stretch (1:21) Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart and look forward. Keep your body upright and slowly bend to the left or right. Reach down your leg with your hand and do not bend forward. Don’t lean forward or backward, concentrate on keeping your upper body straight. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat on the opposite side.
Lying on-your-side Quad and Thigh Stretch (1:28) Lie on your side and pull your top leg behind your buttocks. Keep your knees together and push your hips forward. This position can put undue pressure on the knee joint and ligaments. Anyone with knee pain or knee injury should avoid this stretch. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite leg.