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Science and Soccer

Developing Elite Performers, 1st Edition

Edited by Mark A. Williams


408 pages

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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

About the Editor

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Sports Medicine
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sports Psychology
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / Soccer