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Developing Agility and Quickness Print CE Course-2nd Edition

Developing Agility and Quickness Print CE Course-2nd Edition


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    Print Course

    Course components are delivered as printed products:
    • Developing Agility and Quickness, Second Edition, text
    • Study guide
    • Continuing education exam
    Most competitive sports require rapid whole-body movements in which athletes need to accelerate, decelerate, and change direction in response to game situations. That’s why coaches, athletes, and strength and conditioning professionals are constantly searching for the most effective ways to improve agility and quickness.

    As the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is at the forefront of such knowledge. In Developing Agility and Quickness, Second Edition CE Course, 19 of the NSCA’s leading experts provide evidence-based assessment tools, exercises, drills, and training regimens to achieve that aim:
    • More than 130 drills—with instructions, photos, and diagrams—offer a smorgasbord of proven activities to enhance athletes’ ability to rapidly accelerate or decelerate in three dimensions.
    • Twelve agility and quickness tests provide gauges of present abilities and methods to measure progress.
    • Guidelines for tailoring training to specific needs present a blueprint for increasing change of direction speed and explosive movement.
    • Chapters on warm-up methods and age and sex considerations prepare athletes to get the most from their training.
    • Sport-specific training plans foster peak performance for athletes in 15 specific sports.
    Developing Agility and Quickness, Second Edition CE Course, is an essential training guide for athletes and coaches seeking to excel in today’s fast-action sports. The drills and training programs in this book will get your athletes a step ahead of the competition, whether they are on the court or on the turf.

    Learning Objectives
    After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:
    • Understand guidelines for developing agility and quickness and how to apply them in designing effective training programs.
    • Understand the key factors that determine both agility and quickness and how these factors influence an athlete’s ability to achieve high-level performance.
    • Use a variety of assessment tools to evaluate agility and quickness in athletes.
    • Design safe and effective training programs for agility and quickness to meet specific goals for a variety of sports and activities.
    • Identify a variety of drills and training techniques for developing agility and quickness to improve athletic performance.
    • Understand how to incorporate decision-making tasks into training programs once you master movement skills and techniques.


    A continuing education course for strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, athletic trainers, and other certified professionals.

    Table of Contents

    Course Syllabus
    Course Materials
    Course Instructions
    Learning Objectives

    Learning With the Developing Agility and Quickness, Second Edition, Book
    Chapter 1. Developing Change of Direction Speed
    Chapter 2. Factors Determining Quickness
    Chapter 3. Warm-Up Methods and Techniques for Agility Training
    Chapter 4. Age and Sex Considerations
    Chapter 5. Testing, Assessment, and Monitoring of Agility and Quickness
    Chapter 6. Change of Direction Speed Drills
    Chapter 7. Quickness Drills
    Chapter 8. Agility and Quickness Program Design
    Chapter 9. Sport-Specific Agility and Quickness Training
    Learning Activities Answer Key

    Exam and Evaluation
    Exam Answer Sheet
    Course Evaluation
    Certificate Information

    About the Author

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning. Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science, performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches and athletes. The NSCA provides the crucial link between the lab and the field.

    Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA, is an associate professor of strength and conditioning and the program coordinator for the masters of science in strength and conditioning program at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He has worked as an athletic performance coordinator, strength and performance coach, personal trainer, educator, and postrehabilitation specialist for over 20 years. Dawes also frequently coaches and provides sport science support to numerous elite and professional teams and law enforcement, fire, and military groups. His primary research interests are improving and measuring performance for tactical athletes and first responders and enhancing athletic performance.

    Dawes is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and as a personal trainer (NSCA-CPT); by the American College of Sports Medicine as a health fitness specialist (ACSM-HFS); and by the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association as a level 2 strength and conditioning coach. He was also recognized as a fellow of the NSCA in 2009.

    Dawes is the author of Complete Guide to TRX® Suspension Training (Human Kinetics, 2017) and coauthor of Maximum Interval Training (Human Kinetics, 2015), and he has written numerous book chapters and articles on improving sports and tactical performance.

    He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.