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Athletic Development eBook

Athletic Development eBook


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    Athletic Development offers a rare opportunity to learn and apply a career full of knowledge from the best. World-renowned strength and conditioning coach Vern Gambetta condenses the wisdom he's gained through more than 40 years of experience of working with athletes across sports, age groups, and levels of competition, including members of the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, and U.S. men’s 1998 World Cup soccer team.

    The result is an information-packed, myth-busting explanation of the most effective methods and prescriptions in each facet of an athlete's physical preparation. Gambetta includes never-before-published and ready-to-use training approaches in

    • sport-specific demands analysis,
    • work capacity enhancements,
    • movement skills development,
    • long- and short-term training program progressions, and
    • rest and regeneration techniques.

    Athletic Development explains what works, what doesn’t, and why. Gambetta’s no-nonsense approach emphasizes results that pay off in the competitive season and reflect his work at the highest echelons of sport. Merging principles of anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology with sports conditioning applications and four decades of professional practice, this is the definitive guide to performance-enhancing training.


    Part I Elements of a Training System
    Chapter 1. A Functional Conditioning Framework
    Chapter 2. Factors Affecting Athletic Movement
    Chapter 3. Sport-Specific Demands Analysis
    Chapter 4. Options and Methods of Testing
    Chapter 5. Strategies for Performance Training
    Chapter 6. Program Planning and Fine-Tuning

    Part II Physical Contributors to Performance
    Chapter 7. Energy and Work Capacity
    Chapter 8. Movement Aptitude and Balance
    Chapter 9. The Critical Body Core
    Chapter 10. Full-Spectrum Strength
    Chapter 11. Integrated Power Training
    Chapter 12. Linear and Multidimensional Speed
    Chapter 13. Multi-Phase Performance Preparation
    Chapter 14. Recovery and Regeneration