Juan Reque, a physical therapist for elite athletes such as tennis star Maria Sharapova, is preparing to launch a Spanish version of his book "The Togui Method."

"The Togui Method tries to seek explanations for why injuries occur and how to ensure that a body - of athletes and non-athletes - functions well, without problems, without injuries and without pain," Reque told Efe in an interview at The Yard gym in Hermosa Beach, California.

"At this time, I'm making some final touches on the Spanish version (of the book) and I'm estimating that we'll be launching the book in physical form in Spain within three months," Reque said.

"At this time, I'm in conversations with two publishers specializing in health books to get my method to the Spanish-speaking community," he said.

Born Feb. 1, 1973, in Madrid, Reque moved to the United States three years ago to work with Sharapova, who wrote a forward to "The Togui Method."

Reque graduated as an athletic trainer from the National Physical Education Institute in Madrid in 1996, received certification in physiotherapy from the University of Oviedo in 1999 and later took post-graduate courses in osteopathy and massage.

"Injuries always crop up like this, due to muscle weaknesses or because of routine postures such as typing at the computer. People start to have pains in the neck or joint curtailment where at times they can't lift their arm up," for instance, he explained.

Reque has attended to top professional tennis players since 2001 and was the official physiotherapist for Spain's Davis Cup squad in 2004.

Besides Sharapova, his clients include Paola Suarez, Tommy Robredo, Feliciano Lopez, Igor Andreev, Mikhail Youzhny and Svetlana Kuznetsova. EFE