The Student's Anatomy of Stretching Manual

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To be asked to work on the The Student's Anatomy of Stretching Manual was a real thrill for the team due to the fact that this was a long standing and popular series of anatomy titles. Project managed by Tim and all 50 illustrations created by Jo, we worked closely with the publisher's editor too, to accomplish the huge feat of creating 100 illustrations that were anatomicaly accurate and lifelike, as well as working to a strict schedule to meet the publishing deadline.

Shown on an iPad a sample of the book cover

Available to buy on Amazon the book is aimed at health and fitness trainers, students of sports science, athletes, coaches and the elderly and anyone who wants to understand the anatomy involved with improving fitness and flexibility.

Its a comprehensive guide with highly detailed anatomical illustrations demonstrating 50 common stretches showing what exactly happens in the body during each stretch.

Visualising precisely which muscles are involved during the exercises, the manual is aimed at improving the effectiveness of the workouts and stretching routines.

The book is an introduction to the principles of stretching including safety tips and the proper techniques involved. It is a comprehensive overview of the musculoskeletal system. It has a workbook section with illustrations of the musclular and skeletal systems and a glossary of terms all with the aim to be as comprehensive a guide as possible.


The brief was sent through as a written description with some images and from there each of the 50 pencil drawings were created.

To create the illustrations the first part of the process was to find two willing male and female participants that would pose for all of the stretches. This was because each of the moves were complicated, so it was vital to get each movement posed absolutely correctly so the pose could be accuraely drawn before any muscle anatomy was added to the drawing.

The author of the book, Ken Ashwell, Ph.D. a Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Anatomy, School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia was in charge of checking each of the pencil drawings for anatomical correctness.

Once approved the pencil drawings were used as the base to create the full 50 colour illustrations and Jo was determined all the anatomy should be a detailed as possible. From the direction of the muscle fibres to following the twists and turns of the body, so each pose had to be anatomically precise and accurate.


Medical illustration of the muscles extended by a specific stretch
Example of Supported Abdomen Stretch