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. Highly illustrated throughout, it has a companion website with downloadable slides, illustrations and video clips demonstrating key techniques, and it includes a full section on professional skills for coaches. 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.
Introduction 1. The Nature of Strength and Conditioning 2. Effective Strength and Conditioning Coaching Part 1: Scientific Underpinning of the Conditioning Process 3.The Bio-Mechanical Principles Underpinning Strength and Conditioning 4. The Bio-Energetics of Strength and Conditioning and Adaptations to Training 5. Cardio Respiratory Control of Exercise and Adaptation to Training 6. Muscular Control of Exercise and its Adaptation to Training 7. Neural Control of Exercises and its Adaptation to Training 8. Hormonal Adaptations to Training 9. Nutrition for Human Performance Part 2: Planning Training Programmes 10. Effective Needs Analysis 11. Fundamental Training Principles 12. The Essentials of Periodization 13. Long-Term Athlete Development 14. Strength Diagnostics Part 3: Practical Application of Strength and Conditioning Methods 15. Developing Strength and Power 16. Developing Speed and Agility 17. Plyometric Training 18. Developing Endurance for Sports Performance 19. Developing Mobility and Flexibility 20. Recovery and Restoration Part 4: Special Applications of Strength and Conditioning 21. Performing in Extreme Environments 22. Working with Special Populations 23. Paediatric Strength and Conditioning 24. Running Strength and Conditioning Programmes Part 5: Sport Specific Applications 25. Strength and Conditioning for Soccer 26. Strength and Conditioning for Rugby 27. Strength and Conditioning for Hockey 28. Strength and Conditioning for Tennis 29. Strength and Conditioning for Football 30. Strength and Conditioning for Basketball 31. Strength and Conditioning for Rowing 32. Strength and Conditioning for Cycling 33. Strength and Conditioning for Golf 34. Strength and Conditioning for Track and Field Part 6: Operating Strength and Conditioning Programs 35. Facility Design 36. Scheduling Maintenance and Safety Issues 37. Screening 38. Assessing Performance and Testing 39. Record Keeping 40. Managing Strength and Conditioning Teams