Elite Youth Cycling  book cover
1st Edition

Elite Youth Cycling

ISBN 9781138086845
Published August 22, 2018 by Routledge
250 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Elite Youth Cycling showcases the latest cutting-edge research in youth cycling performance. Covering both endurance and sprint cycling events, the book explores the effect of cycling on the maturation of the body from childhood to adolescence, suggests long-term training and nutritional strategies for young athletes, and discusses issues such as injury prevention, long-term athlete health, and body image in endurance cyclists.

Divided into sections on growth and maturation, training and testing, sports medicine and nutrition, and coaching and psychology, the book includes chapters on:

  • Muscle, bone and cardiopulmonary development of young cyclists

  • Performance assessment in the laboratory and on the track

  • Longitudinal training strategies and concurrent strength training

  • Overuse injuries and injury prevention

  • Nutrition and ergogenic aids

  • Personal and psychosocial development

Including directions for future research in each section, Elite Youth Cycling is an authoritative and comprehensive anthology of the latest research in youth cycling. It is vital reading for any physiologist, psychologist, strength and conditioning coach or sport therapist working with young cyclists, and any academic researching youth sport and the development of young athletes.

Table of Contents

1. Muscle and Bone Development

2. Cardiopulmonary Development

3. Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism

4. Performance Assessment in Laboratory and Field Conditions

5. Longitudinal Training Strategies

6. Concurrent Strength Training

7. Training with Power Meters

8. Overuse and injury prevention

9. Nutritional Needs and Ergogenic Aids

10. Psychological and Behavioral Determinants of Sport Participation and Performance in the Young Athlete

11. Motivation in Youth Sports

12. Goal Setting and Motivation


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Alfred Nimmerichter is Head of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. He obtained his PhD from the University of Exeter, UK in 2011, having worked for more than 15 years at the University of Vienna, Austria and specialising in exercise physiology and sports science in high-performance athletes. As a former cyclist, he has worked with young athletes and world-class cyclists, successfully competing at World Championships and Olympic Games