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1st Edition

Laboratory Manual for Strength and Conditioning

  • Available for pre-order on April 21, 2023. Item will ship after May 12, 2023
ISBN 9781032033259
May 12, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 23 Color & 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Laboratory Manual for Strength and Conditioning is a comprehensive text that provides students with meaningful lab experiences in the area of strength and conditioning and applied sport science. While each lab may be conducted in a sophisticated laboratory, there are opportunities to conduct the labs in a gym or field environment without costly equipment. It is a useful resource as students prepare for a career as a Strength and Conditioning coach, athletic trainer, physical therapist, or personal trainer.

The Laboratory Manual for Strength and Conditioning is designed to be a practical guide for training students and professionals in the skills to be applied to strength and conditioning. The labs cover seven major aspects of strength and conditioning including speed, power, flexibility, agility, and fitness. The labs are practical and easy to follow with sample calculations, data tables, and worksheets to complete. Each includes suggested tasks / activities to apply the theory to real world applications.

Students will explore assessments of strength, aerobic capacity, power output, speed, change of direction, and muscular endurance, and gaining understanding in the following areas:

• Definitions of commonly used terms within the area of exploration, as well as commonly misused terms

• Assessing performance (i.e., power, strength, speed, etc.)

• Understanding laboratory- and field-based techniques for specific athlete populations

• Describing optimal methods for testing in all aspects of physical performance

• Evaluation of test results based upon sport and/or athlete normative data

The lab manual is a valuable resource for strength coaches, personal trainers, kinesiology students, and educators at the undergraduate and beginning graduate level programs and can be used in a graduate strength and conditioning course.

Table of Contents

1. PRE-Participation Health Screening, Medical Clearance, and Informed Consent

Joshua Miller

2. Athlete Needs Analysis

Paul Comfort and John McMahon

3. Injury Risk Assessment Including Flexibility

Joshua Miller

4. Statistical Analysis and Test Administration

John McMahon, Joshua Miller, and Paul Comfort

5. Body Composition

Joshua Miller

6. Muscular Strength

Paul Comfort and John McMahon

7. Muscular Power

John McMahon and Paul Comfort

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Joshua Miller, DHSc, CSCS, ACSM-EP is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Paul Comfort, Ph.D, ASCA, CSCS*D is a Professor of Strength and Conditioning and programme leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford and an adjunct professor at Edith Cowan University.

John McMahon, CSCS*D, ASCC is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics at the University of Salford, UK.