About this product
Get the latest scientific evidence on back exercise – what helps and what hurts, and why.
Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance provides the evidence base to design and prescribe the most appropriate exercise programs for the back. Professor McGill’s unique approach is based upon years of scientific research into back function of injured people through to elite athletes. His expertise is sought by governments, corporations, professional sports teams and athletes worldwide. A complete description of a 5 stage program is provided.
Examples are provided for each stage within a back pain rehabilitation program together with performance enhancement programs for athletes and coaches in all sports. Beginning with recognizing and re-patterning perturbed motor programs and progressing to the enhancement of stability/mobility, then endurance, the final stages continue with strength, power and agility training. Each step is well illustrated and instructive. Added to this are general approaches to assess the demands of individual activities and sports and how to identify the critical components that need specific focus in an individual’s back. Dr McGill’s style makes for an easy read of this thorough and rich resource.
If you just want pictures of exercises, get another book. If you want to know WHY, HOW and WHEN specific exercises work and how to design a logical progression, then this is the book for you
Be prepared for a new approach. Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance is a myth buster!
Transition training guidelines are described and the concept of “superstiffness” is introduced with new exercises based on his recent studies. Tips to employ this effective principle are also described with examples – eliminate energy leaks, conquer sticking points, enhance speed and achieve ultimate performance. Practical sections include the “squat clinic”. Typical of Dr McGill’s writings, the guidance is evidence-based.
Note that this book is intended to assist in the design of a wider spectrum of the best exercise progression to enhance back fitness in the safest way. It was written for savvy lay people and professionals alike.
About the Author
Stuart McGill, PhD, is a professor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a world-renowned lecturer and expert in spine function, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. He has written more than 300 scientific publications on lumbar function, mechanisms of low back injury, investigation of rehabilitation programs matched to specific categories of back pain patients, and the formulation of work-related injury avoidance strategies. He has received several awards for his work, including the Volvo Bioengineering Award for Low Back Pain Research from Sweden.
McGill has been an invited lecturer at many universities and delivered more than 300 addresses to societies around the world. As a consultant, he has provided expertise on assessment and reduction of the risk of low back injury to government agencies, corporations, professional athletes and teams, and legal firms. He is one of the few scientists who, in addition to performing research, is regularly requested by the medical profession to consult with challenging patients from around the world.
Author: Stuart McGill
ISBN nr: 978-0973501834
Publisher: Backfitpro Inc.
Weight: 0.5 kg
Jim Jefferies –
This is a must read for anyone interested in sport or exercise. It has genuinely enriched my understanding of the human body and my approach to training
Its worth noting that this book is orientated toward health and fitness professionals such as physiotherapists or coaches/personal trainers.
If you are interested in aiding your own back troubles the author advises another book from his series ‘Back Mechanic’. Similarly, if you are a physiotherapist or medical professional looking to aid common back dissorders, there is another indepth book for this purpose ‘ Low Back Disorders Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation’.