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. The book is an introduction to the principles of stretching including safety tips and the proper techniques involved with the aim to have highly detailed anatomical illustrations demonstrating 50 common stretches to show what exactly happens in the body during each stretch. It 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.
Commissioned by Quarto Publishing the brief was to create a set of 50 illustrations on the subject of individual stretching techniques. Working closely with the publisher’s editor the illustrations were to follow very specific guidelines for the correct positioning of each stretch, to show how a person would carry out each one and to add the correct superficial muscle anatomy.
The purpose of the muscle anatomy was to show the muscle involved in each movement in accordance with each stretching position. They were not to be anatomically accurate and lifelike but also meet the strict schedule publishing deadline.