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3rd Edition

Science and Soccer
Developing Elite Performers

ISBN 9780415672115
Published January 16, 2013 by Routledge
408 Pages

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Book Description

Now in a fully revised and updated third edition, Science and Soccer is still the most comprehensive and accessible introduction to the physiology, biomechanics and psychology behind the world's most popular sport. Offering important guidance on how science translates into practice, the book examines every key facet of the sport, with a particular focus on the development of elite performers. The topics covered include:

  • anatomy, physiology, psychology and biomechanics;
  • principles of training;
  • nutrition;
  • physical and mental preparation;
  • playing surfaces and equipment;
  • decision-making and skill acquisition;
  • coaching and coach education;
  • performance analysis;
  • talent identification and youth development.

Science and Soccer: Developing Elite Performers is a unique resource for students and academics working in sports science. It is essential reading for all professional support staff working in the game, including coaches at all levels, physiotherapists, conditioning specialists, performance analysts, club doctors and sport psychologists.

Table of Contents

Preface - A.M. Williams  Biological Sciences  1. Nutrition - D. MacLaren and J. Morton  2. Principles of Fitness Training - J. Bangsbo and F.M. Iaia  3. Fitness Testing - B. Drust and Warren Gregson  4. Recovery from Training and Matches - I. Mujiko, S. Halson, C. Argus and P. Krustrup  5. Environmental Stress - W. Gregson and B. Drust  Behavioural and Social Sciences  6. ‘Game Intelligence’: Anticipation and Decision-Making - A.M. Williams and P. Ford  7. Effective Practice and Instruction - P. Ford and A.M. Williams  8. Sociological and Cultural Influences on Player Development - D. Richardson, H. Relvas and M. Littlewood  9. Stress, Coping and the Mental Qualities of Elite Players - M. Pain and C. Harwood  Performance Analysis, Biomechanics and Coaching  10. Match and Motion Analysis - C. Carling and M. Court  11. Coaching and Coach Education - C. Cushion  12. Biomechanics applied to soccer skills - A. Lees  Different Populations 13. Women’s Soccer - D. Scott and H. Andersson  14. Disabled Players - C. Boyd and V. Goosey-Tolfrey  15. Match Officials - M. Weston and W. Helsen  Talent Identification and Youth Development  16. Identifying young players - R. Vaeyens, M. Coelho e Silva, C. Visscher, R.M. Philippaerts and A.M. Williams  17. Growth and maturity status of youth players - R. Malina, M.Coelho e Silva and A.J. Figueiredo  Intergration and Application  18. Contemporary issues in the physical preparation of elite players - T. Strudwick  19. Mental preparation of elite players - M. Nesti  20. Developing a physiology-based sports science support strategy - D. Burgess and B. Drust

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A. Mark Williams is Professor and Head of Sport Sciences at Brunel University, London. He has published extensively in the areas related to skill acquisition, expert performance, talent identification and development and performance analysis.