Stability, Sport and Performance – Great Technique without Injury










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by Joanne Elphinston

An athlete must create and control forces. Ideally they will use the muscle patterns and kinetic chain sequencing which minimises effort and localised stress on specific body structures, while maximising the result. The effectiveness of their movement links their risk of injury and their performance.

“Stability, Sport and Performance Movement: Great Technique without Injury” presents a testing and training programme for technical development and injury prevention in sport. It was written in response to requests from athletes, coaches, physiotherapists and fitness professionals for a resource that would help them to understand the anatomy and training of functionally stable movement in a clear, relevant and logical way.

The book establishes the link between movement, muscle patterns, force management and injury, and addresses functionally stable movement as the result of interplay between a variety of factors including functional mobility, balance, proprioception and neuromuscular coordination.

A full chapter is dedicated to the testing of these factors in order to establish baselines for training, and this is followed by four fully illustrated chapters of progressive, integrated exercise which show the user how to develop sound patterns from beginner level through to high level.

For the sports medicine professional, the book provides insight into why an injury may occur, how to identify potential for injury, and methods for addressing problem areas for both prevention and rehabilitation. A chapter on application of the principles to specific patient presentations provides additional guidance.

For the coach and fitness professional, the book explains how technique is dependent upon multiple factors, and how simple testing can identify key issues which can be dealt with in order to progress technique safely and effectively. A testing list for a selection of sports is provided.

The book’s content is relevant across all age groups, from junior level to veterans. The author’s identification of recurrent patterns in elite level sport led to investigations on the development of patterns in children and adolescent athletes, and as a result the book provides a comprehensive chapter on developing effective movement in our young future athletes for physical education teachers and professionals working in junior sport.



about the author

Joanne Elphinston BPhty MA MCSP

Joanne Elphinston is performance consultant, international lecturer and physiotherapist working with elite and professional athletes.
A recognised lecturer and consultant on technical movement enhancement for performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation, Joanne works with elite athletes in a wide range of sports, as well as professional dancers and musicians. Drawing from backgrounds in applied biomechanics and motor control, philosophy and psychology, Joanne addresses movement from a multimodal and holistic perspective.
A former coach herself, Joanne has one foot planted in the medical and the other in the training aspect of athlete management and development. This gives her a unique understanding of the challenges in sport from both perspectives, and an ability to build bridges between the two areas in her teaching, writing and consultancy.
Joanne’s detailed approach to movement has led her to work for the past eight years with professional contemporary dancers on dancer development, physical preparation and performance enhancement. Other performing arts clients include musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Welsh National Opera.

1st Edition SOLD OUT 2nd Edition Due in MAY