1st Edition

The Science of American Football

By Jay Hoffman Copyright 2021
    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    The game of American football may be the greatest team sport that exists. It epitomizes the need of a "team" first approach to achieve the desired success. Success is often measured as the hoisting of a championship trophy, which involved a journey that required discipline, perseverance, sacrifice, and hard work. These traits are the backbone of success in football, but more importantly they are the backbone or blueprint for success in life.

    The Science of American Football provides an in-depth discussion on the physiology of the game of American football, including the physiological strain associated with playing in various environmental extremes. Acclimatization, preparation, and medical issues associated with each of these environmental extremes are discussed as well as medical issues occurring during the athlete’s playing career (common sites of injury) and potential risks arising post-career (e.g. neurological dysfunction, arthritic joints, obesity).

    The book goes on to consider aspects of player selection and preparation, including discussion of evidence-based physical conditioning programs, appropriate nutrition, and specific dietary supplementation for the American football player.

    The Science of American Football is the first book to focus on the physiology, science, and medical issues associated with the game of American football and will be key reading for students of coaching and exercise science as well as those with a keen interest in understanding the science of American football, such as coaches and players.

    1. Physiology of American Football

    2. Environmental Concerns Of Playing American Football

    3. Strength and Conditioning for Football

    4. Player Selection and Physical Attributes for Football Playing Success

    5. Nutrition, Hydration and Dietary Supplementation for the American Football Player

    6. Medical Issues Associated with American Football

    7. Medical Issues Associated with Retired Players

    8. Coaching Aspects Associated with American Football


    Jay R. Hoffman is a professor in the Molecular Biology Department at Ariel University in Israel. He is also Head Coach of Israel’s National American Football Team. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and has previously served as President of the Board of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and on the Board of the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. Prior to his academic career, he signed free agent contracts with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL.