Stretching the truth: A critical review of the science of stretching, fascia anatomy, strain and tensegrity.

With John Sharkey


Clinical Anatomist/ Exercise Physiologist John Sharkey presents a two-hour webinar, “Stretching the Truth: A critical review of the science of stretching, fascia anatomy, strain and tensegrity", which provides a thorough and compelling overview of the science of stretching, strains, and tensegrity. The presentation offers a fresh perspective on traditional beliefs about stretching and challenges the accepted norms in injury prevention and flexibility training.

This presentation will be a visually rich and captivating exploration of the fascinating world of fascia, tensegrity and soft matter physics-the physics of us.

At the heart of John Sharkey's presentation is the concept of tensegrity, a term coined by architect and philosopher Buckminster Fuller to describe structures that maintain their shape through the balance of tension and compression. John demonstrates how this principle applies not only to architecture but also to the human body, with its interconnected fascia net.

Using stunning visuals and engaging anecdotes, John shows how the principles of tensegrity can help us better understand the neurofascial dynamics of movement and the importance of maintaining a healthy, balanced body. John also delves into the world of soft matter physics, exploring the properties of materials that exhibit both solid and liquid-like behaviour, such as the gel-like substance found in our joints. Throughout the presentation, John challenges conventional wisdom and encourages his audience to question assumptions about the human body and its capabilities.

With an infectious enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the subject matter, "Stretching the truth" is a must-see presentation for anyone interested in stretching, fascia and tensegrity.

John Sharkey

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John Sharkey is an international educator, author and authority in the areas of Clinical Anatomy, Exercise Science, human movement and the manual treatment of chronic pain. John is a graduate of the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool and University of Chester.

He completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the areas of exercise physiology, clinical anatomy and holds post-graduate qualifications in education. He is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin and is the programme leader of the Biotensegrity focused full body Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses held at the department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland.

John also offers dissection courses across the globe.

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