Date: Thursday 18th May
Time: 19.00 UK time. Check your timezone here
Presenter: Ann and Chris Frederick
Title: To stretch or not to stretch
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From a North American perspective, stretching in times past was never given much importance or guidance in the public school system, college or in professional sports. Through the decades, stretching has had its controversies that still causes confusion today among the public and professionals about whether it is beneficial, safe or of any value. This was true especially after research in the 1990s cited negative outcomes in athletic performance after stretching. Yet, today most professional teams engage in dynamic stretching before training or competing. In less than the last 10 years, it has become well over a $22 billion (USD) industry in the public sector with franchises still in the expansion phase.
Ann and Chris Frederick have been in a very successful practice of fascial focused assisted stretching of clients and training professionals in their particular brand of highly specific stretching applications for decades. They have done their own scientific research and authored several books and many chapters and articles on this now very broad as well as deep popular topic. In this webinar, they will share with you their personal stories, describe the controversies, cite the science and give you parameters on stretching. They are also excited to show you how the emerging new science of biotensegrity has shaped how they now describe and define stretching the fascial system, as much as how dance and ancient movement systems like qigong and tai chi have greatly influenced them as well.
Ann Frederick grew up in her mother’s dance school progressing from student, to professional dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. Realizing potential in the public need for optimal flexibility, Ann initially had success with the public developing her initial version of group and assisted stretching. Desiring to know more about the science of stretching and the human body, she attended Arizona State University to learn more about human movement and to do research comparing her technique to traditional stretching. She finished her thesis in 1997, with statistically significant outcomes that greatly supported her methods. Having continued success developing her technique with hundreds of collegiate and Olympic athletes culminated in her working as a flexibility coach for the 1996 Mens Olympic Wrestling team. Soon after graduation, she was sought out by professional athletes from the NFL and other leagues, with the public seeking her out after local media appearances. Today, she is Director of the Stretch to Win Institute certifying students in Frederick Stretch Therapy and training her teaching staff to carry on her legacy.
Chris Frederick has been a physical therapist (physiotherapist) since 1989, specializing in orthopedics, sports medicine, and fascia flexibility training. He has worked alongside Ann Frederick treating professional athletes and has special expertise working with professional dancers. Formerly a professional dancer, and practitioner of qigong and tai chi for many decades, Chris brings both science, medicine and art to his practice and teaching. He has authored chapters and other content for 8 books, the majority about fascia.
Together the Fredericks have worked with 3 Super Bowl teams, multiple Hall of Famers and starters from many teams in the NFL from 1996 - 2018. They co-authored 4 popular books on their method, titled Stretch to Win and Fascial Stretch Therapy, both now in their 2nd editions. Ann and Chris are subject matter experts on stretching and flexibility for NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), producing the Stretching and Flexibility Coach certification program for them. Recognized as global leaders in the stretching and flexibility industry, the Fredericks have experience presenting at multiple international conferences for over 30 years. They have been lead instructors teaching their method at monthly live workshops since 1999. While athletes have known Ann’s company and method as Stretch to Win® in the past, the technique was then called Fascial Stretch Therapy™ for years and is now known as Frederick Stretch Therapy™ or simply FST.
Time/Date of Event
7 pm BST