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Book Review: Anatomy of Stretching by Craig Ramsay

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Anatomy of Stretching by Craig Ramsay is a fairly comprehensive rendition on the various stretch exercises that can be done to train the limbs to move in an enhanced full range of motion. The beauty of this book is that the author presents numerous diagrams of the torso engaging in stretches to achieve a greater range of motion than can be obtained through standard exercises and sports. The author’s objective is to train the body to move in a greater range of motion than a typical sport would require.

Ramsay depicts a series of exercises in standing position or lying down. For instance, there are stretches depicting the torso lying down with the leg stretched outward multi-directionally. In addition, a full range of foot exercises are presented; such as, the circular motion movements. Anatomy of Stretching delves into the internal body structure to allow readers to determine which muscles are being worked out and the sequence of steps necessary to achieve a full body range of motion.

According to Ramsay, each workout should commence with a stretching regimen designed to warm up the body and reach new plateaus of range of motion over time. This goal would be difficult or impossible to achieve without the expertise of a professional trainer knowledgable in the details of muscle anatomy. Readers will learn how to do a tricep stretch or a shoulder stretch. In addition, it’s critical to keep the neck relaxed during a hip flexor stretch.

Anatomy of Stretching concentrates on the proper form and execution of stretching exercises before a full workout. This emphasis will result in the achievement of a greater range of motion and less injuries since the body is prepared more fully prior to the workout. The expertise of a professional trainer is most useful in pointing out which stretches are best and the reasons why. The presentation is easy to understand and implement. There are numerous pictures depicting the classic stretches throughout the book. Readers should consult with their medical care providers and physical therapists in conjunction with implementing the stretching sequences referenced by the author.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.