Thursday, March 5, 2009
Gerard Hartman and Active Isolated Stretching
If you are a world class runner, then you've heard of Gerard Hartman. Hartman runs a sports injury clinic in Ireland "servicing international to world class athletes".
His most famous patient is women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe. In the past 18 years, Hartmann has treated 53 Olympic medallists and is an integral part of Paula Radcliffe's backroom team .
Hartman uses a technique called Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)to improve flexibility and range of motion on his athletes.
According to Hartman, AIS accommodates a number of very important considerations. The body is put in the best anatomical position both to maximize an isolated stretch and to warrant safety. You hold each position for only two to three seconds; then you return to the start position and relax. -Dublin University Harriers and Athletic Club
The Whartons' Stretch Book is an excellent resource on the Active Isolated Stretching technique.