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Strength and Conditioning for Team Sports Sport-Specific Physical Preparation for High Performance, second edition

By Paul Gamble Copyright 2013
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Strength and Conditioning for Team Sports is designed to help trainers and coaches to devise more effective high-performance training programs for team sports. This remains the only evidence-based study of sport-specific practice to focus on team sports and features all-new chapters covering neuromuscular training, injury prevention and specific injury risks for different team sports. Fully revised and updated throughout, the new edition also includes over two hundred new references from the current research literature.

    The book introduces the core science underpinning different facets of physical preparation, covering all aspects of training prescription and the key components of any degree-level strength and conditioning course, including:

      • physiological and performance testing
      • strength training
      • metabolic conditioning
      • power training
      • agility and speed development
      • training for core stability
      • training periodisation
      • training for injury prevention

    Bridging the traditional gap between sports science research and practice, each chapter features guidelines for evidence-based best practice as well as recommendations for approaches to physical preparation to meet the specific needs of team sports players. This new edition also includes an appendix that provides detailed examples of training programmes for a range of team sports. Fully illustrated throughout, it is essential reading for all serious students of strength and conditioning, and for any practitioner seeking to extend their professional practice.

    1. Principles of Specificity and Transfer of Training Effects  2. Assessing Physiological and Physical Performance Parameters  3. Neuromuscular Training  4. Metabolic Conditioning  5. Strength Training  6. Power Development and Plyometric Training  7. Sports Speed and Agility Development  8. Lumbopelvic ‘Core’ Stability  9. Training for Injury Prevention – Identifying Risk Factors  10. Injury Prevention – Specific Training Interventions  11. Planning and Scheduling – Periodisation of Training  12. Physical Preparation for Youth Sports


    Paul Gamble has worked in high performance sport for over a decade, during which time he has coached elite athletes in an array of sports and at all ages and stages of development. Paul began his career working in professional rugby with English Premiership side London Irish, and has since worked in a range of sports, most recently serving as National Strength & Conditioning Lead for Scottish Squash. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in edited textbooks and has previously written two textbooks as sole author.