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2nd Edition

Strength and Conditioning
A Concise Introduction

ISBN 9780367134495
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

Strength and Conditioning: A Concise Introduction offers a concise but comprehensive overview of training for athletic performance. Introducing essential theory and practical techniques in all of the core areas of athletic training, the book clearly demonstrates how to apply fundamental principles in putting together effective real-world training programs.

This book encourages students and professionals to think critically about their work and to adopt an evidence-based approach. It explains the inter-dependence of aspects of training such as needs analysis, assessment, injury, competition level, athlete age, and program design, and it fully explains how those aspects should be integrated.

Strength and Conditioning is an accessible, engaging, and reflective introduction to the theory and application of strength and conditioning programs. Including clear step-by-step guidance, suggestions for further reading, and detailed sport-specific examples, this is the perfect primer for any strength and conditioning course or for any professional trainer or coach looking to refresh their professional practice.

Included in the second edition are in-depth descriptions of free weights, kettlebells, heavy ropes, speed, agility, horizontal force production training, as well as updated research from the strength and conditioning field. Programming chapters and real-world programs provide examples of how to incorporate all the modern strength and conditioning tools. This is the perfect primer for any strength and conditioning course or for any professional trainer or coach looking to refresh their professional practice.

Table of Contents

1. Adaptations from Strength and Conditioning Training

2. Techniques

3. Assessments

4. Components of a Training Session

5. Principles of Training

6. Needs Analysis

7. Program Design

8. Periodization of Training

9. Injuries

10. Age and Training

11. Level of Competition and Training

12. Putting it all Together

13. Strength and Conditioning for Individuals with Disabilities


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John Cissik is a baseball and basketball coach, an athletic performance consultant, and a special education teacher in McKinney Texas, USA. He holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, U.S.A. Track and Field, and the old U.S. Weightlifting Federation. He has written ten books on strength and conditioning and filmed four DVDs on strength and speed training. John has over 100 publications ranging from Muscle and Fitness and Ironman to track and field publications to Strength and Conditioning Journal.


This book is Choice recommended for Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professional readers.

"The latest edition of this introductory text aims to provide students and early career recreation professionals with foundational knowledge regarding the principles of strength and conditioning training. Author and athletic performance expert Cissik covers the essential range of topics including muscular systems, how to conduct a physical needs assessment, and specific training techniques. Overall, the text promotes critical thinking, making it helpful for university students who might be learning about strength and conditioning programming for the first time.