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2nd Edition

Advanced Strength and Conditioning
An Evidence-based Approach

ISBN 9780367491352
Published February 15, 2022 by Routledge
436 Pages 105 Color & 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Becoming an effective strength and conditioning practitioner requires the development of a professional skills set and a thorough understanding of the scientific basis of best practice. Aimed at advanced students and novice-to-expert practitioners, in this book the authors explore the latest scientific evidence and apply it to exercise selection and programming choices across the full range of areas in strength and conditioning, from strength and power, speed and agility, to aerobic conditioning. Since the first edition of this text was written extensive research has expanded the supporting evidence base that provides the theoretical foundation for each chapter. In addition, some areas that were previously under-researched have now been expanded and some key concepts have been further challenged. Each chapter is written by experts with experience in a wide variety of sports, including both applied and research experience, ensuring this concise but sophisticated textbook is the perfect bridge from introductory study to effective professional practice.

While advanced concepts are explored within the book, the coach must not forget that consistency in the application of the basic principles of strength and conditioning is the foundation of athletic development. Advanced Strength and Conditioning: An Evidence- based Approach is a valuable resource for all advanced students and practitioners of strength and conditioning and fitness training.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2nd edition

1. Strength and Conditioning: Coach or Scientist?

Perry Stewart, Paul Comfort, and Anthony N. Turner

Part 1: Developing Your Athlete

2. Developing Muscular Strength and Power

Timothy J. Suchomel and Paul Comfort

3. Stretch-shortening Cycle and Muscle-tendon Stiffness

John J. McMahon

4. Understanding and Developing Aerobic Fitness

Richard Blagrove

5. Repeat Sprint Ability: Physiological Basis and Implications for Training

Anthony N. Turner and David Bishop

6. Concurrent Training

Richard Clarke, Rodrigo Aspe, and Johnathan Hughes

Part 2: Programming and Monitoring for Your Athlete

7. Periodisation

Shyam Chavda, Anthony N. Turner, and Paul Comfort

8. Strategies to Enhance Athlete Recovery

Vince Kelly, Patrick Holmberg, and David Jenkins

9. Priming Match Day Performance: Strategies for Team Sport Players

Mark Russell, Natalie Brown, Samuel P. Hills, and Liam P. Kilduff

10. Fitness Testing and Data Analysis

John J. McMahon, Paul Comfort, and Anthony N. Turner

11. Analysis and Presentation of Fitness Test Results

John J. McMahon, Anthony N. Turner, and Paul Comfort

12. Eccentric Training: Scientific Background and Practical Applications

Mellissa Harden, Paul Comfort, and G. Greg Haff

13. Cluster Sets: Scientific Background and Practical Applications

G. Greg Haff and Mellissa Harden

Part 3: Coaching Your Athlete

14. Movement Screening: A Systematic Approach to Assessing Movement Quality

Louis Howe and Chris Bishop

15. Technical Demands of Strength Training

Timothy J. Suchomel and Paul Comfort

16. Weightlifting for Sports Performance

Timothy J. Suchomel and Paul Comfort

17. Plyometric Training

Christopher J. Sole, Christopher R. Bellon, and George Beckham

18. Training for Change of Direction and Agility

Tom Dos’Santos and Paul Jones

19. Speed and Acceleration Training

Pedro Jimenez-Reyes and Jean-Benoît Morin

20. Applied Coaching Science

Nick Winkelman

21. Developing as a Coach: Leadership, Culture and Purpose

Brian Gearity and Christopher Szedlak

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Anthony N. Turner is Associate Professor in Strength and Conditioning and the Director of Programmes for postgraduate studies in sport at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University. Anthony is a consultant to numerous sports teams as well as the British Military. Anthony is Associate Editor for the Strength and Conditioning Journal, has published over 100 peer- reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters, and has edited two textbooks.

Paul Comfort is Reader in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford (UK), where he leads the master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning. He is Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University (Australia) and an honorary research fellow at Leeds Beckett University (UK). He regularly consults with numerous professional rugby and soccer teams and is a founder member and accredited member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). Paul is an editorial board member for the European Journal of Sport Science and Sports Biomechanics, associate editor for the Strength and Conditioning Journal, Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and has edited three textbooks.


"Advanced Strength and Conditioning: An Evidence-based Approach is a fantastic core text which students in particular should read. It covers all the key areas relating to developing your athlete, programming and monitoring your athletes and of course, coaching your athlete, which provides a great blend of theory and practice with a fantastic author line-up adding to the credibility of this book."

Chris Bishop Programme Leader: MSc in Strength and Conditioning, Middlesex University, UK