An effective strength and conditioning program is an essential component of the preparation of any athlete or sportsperson. Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance is a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the theory and practice of strength and conditioning, providing students, coaches and athletes with everything they need to design and implement effective training programs.
The book includes a clear and rigorous explanation of the core science underpinning strength and conditioning techniques and gives a detailed, step-by-step guide to all of the key training methodologies, including training for strength, speed, endurance, agility, flexibility as well as plyometrics. Throughout the book the focus is on the coaching process, with every chapter highlighting the application of strength and conditioning techniques in everyday coaching situations. The book also includes a unique and extensive section of sport-specific chapters, each of which examines in detail the application of strength and conditioning to a particular sport, from soccer and basketball to golf and track and field athletics.
The book includes contributions from world-leading strength and conditioning specialists in every chapter, including coaches who have worked with Olympic gold medallists and international sports teams at the very highest level. Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance is an essential course text for any degree level student with an interest in strength and conditioning, for all students looking to achieve professional accreditation, and an invaluable reference for all practising strength and conditioning coaches.
"Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance distinguishes itself as a truly comprehensive introduction to the topic in a currently well-documented and well-discussed field. … The work’s editors and over 30 chapter contributors are all highly credentialed specialists. Color photographs, illustrations, diagrams, tables, and figures enhance the written text. This ambitious publication will serve equally well as an authoritative training guide for students and for reference consultations by those more experienced in the field of sports training and performance. This reviewer highly recommends this text for interested students, coaches, and athletes" – J Saxton, Bastyr University, CHOICE magazine
Part 1: Coaching 1. Effective coaching in strength and conditioning – the foundations of the profession (Dave Collins and Jeremy Moody) Part 2: Scientific basis of training 2. The structure and function of the neuromuscular system (Ian Jeffreys) 3. The biomechanical principles underpinning strength and conditioning (Jon E. Goodwin and Daniel J. Cleather) 4. The bioenergetics of sports performance (James P. Morton and Graeme L. Close) 5. Cardiorespiratory control of exercise and adaptation to training (Fred J. DiMenna and Andrew M. Jones) 6. The endocrine responses to training (Duncan N. French) 7. Nutrition for human performance (Graeme L. Close and James P. Morton) Part 3: Strength and conditioning – applied practice 8. Effective needs analysis and functional training principles (Steven S. Plisk) 9. Performance diagnostics (Jeremy M. Sheppard and Tim J. Gabbett) 10. Screening methods for the strength and conditioning practitioner (Raphael Brandon) 11. Developing strength and power (Michael H. Stone, Prue Cormie, Hugh Lamont and Meg Stone) 12. Weightlifting for sports performance (Clive Brewer and Mike Favre) 13. Plyometric training – theory and practice (Jon E. Goodwin and Ian Jeffreys) 14. Developing speed and agility for sports performance (Ian Jeffreys and Jon E. Goodwin) 15. Developing endurance for sports performance (Fred J. DiMenna and Andrew M. Jones) 16. Flexibility – developing effective movement (William A. Sands and Jeni R. McNeal) 17. The essentials of periodization (G. Gregory Haff) Part 4: Special considerations in strength and conditioning 18. Thinking sensibly about recovery (William A. Sands) 19. Paediatric strength and conditioning (Avery D. Faigenbaum and Fernando Naclerio) 20. Working with special populations (Mark Jarvis and Jeremy Moody) 21. Performing in extreme environments (Charles Pedlar and Greg Whyte) 22. Facility design, maintenance, safety issues and record keeping (John H. Taylor) Part 5: Sport-specific strength and conditioning 23. Strength and conditioning for football (Gary J. Walker) 24. Strength and conditioning for cricket (Huw Bevan) 25. Strength and conditioning for golf (Liam Hennessy) 26. Strength and conditioning for rowing (Alex Wolf) 27. Strength and conditioning for field hockey (Andy Hudson) 28. Strength and conditioning for basketball (John H. Taylor) 29. Strength and conditioning for tennis (Narelle Sibte) 30. Strength and conditioning for cycling (Martin Evans) 31. Strength and conditioning for track and field – throws (Meg Stone)