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High-Performance Training for Sports

High-Performance Training for Sports


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    High-Performance Training for Sports changes the landscape of athletic conditioning and sports performance. This groundbreaking work presents the latest and most effective philosophies, protocols and programmes for developing today’s athletes.

    High-Performance Training for Sports features contributions from global leaders in athletic performance training, coaching and rehabilitation. Experts share the cutting-edge knowledge and techniques they’ve used with Olympians as well as top athletes and teams from the NBA, NFL, MLB, English Premier League, Tour de France and International Rugby.

    Combining the latest science and research with proven training protocols, High-Performance Training for Sports will guide you in these areas:
    • Optimise the effectiveness of cross-training.
    • Translate strength into speed.
    • Increase aerobic capacity and generate anaerobic power.
    • Maintain peak conditioning throughout the season.
    • Minimise the interference effect.
    • Design energy-specific performance programmes.
    Whether you are working with high-performance athletes of all ages or with those recovering from injury, High-Performance Training for Sports is the definitive guide for developing all aspects of athletic performance. It is a must-own guide for any serious strength and conditioning coach, trainer, rehabilitator or athlete.

    Table of Contents


    Introduction: Understanding Modern Athletes
    David Joyce and Daniel Lewindon

    Part I Building Robust Athletes

    Chapter 1 Evaluating Athletic Capacities
    Mike McGuigan, PhD

    Chapter 2 Developing Younger Athletes
    Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD, ASCC, CSCS*D, and Jonathan L. Oliver, PhD

    Chapter 3 Enhancing Movement Efficiency
    Craig Ranson, PhD, and David Joyce

    Chapter 4 Stabilising and Strengthening the Core
    Andy Barr and Daniel Lewindon

    Chapter 5 Optimising Flexibility
    Sue Falsone

    Chapter 6 Monitoring the Training Response
    Aaron J. Coutts, PhD, and Stuart Cormack, PhD

    Chapter 7 Retraining the Injured Athlete
    Daniel Lewindon and David Joyce

    Part II   Developing Athletic Capacity

    Chapter 8 Customizing the Warm-Up and Cool-Down
    Rett Larson

    Chapter 9 Fine-Tuning Motor Control
    Frans Bosch

    Chapter 10 Using Strength Platforms for Explosive Performance
    Daniel Baker, PhD

    Chapter 11 Successfully Translating Strength Into Speed
    Derek M. Hanson, CSCS, BA, MASc

    Chapter 12 Optimising Training for Jumping and Landing
    Jeremy Sheppard, PhD

    Chapter 13 Increasing Agility
    Sophia Nimphius, PhD, ASCC, CSCS*D

    Chapter 14 Generating Anaerobic Power
    David Martin, PhD

    Chapter 15 Establishing Endurance for Repeated Performance
    Darcy Norman

    Chapter 16 Boosting Aerobic Capacity
    Grégory Dupont, PhD

    Chapter 17 Optimising Effective Cross-Training Methods
    Tony Rice, PhD, and Chris Spinks

    Part III  Delivering Performance

    Chapter 18 Planning a Performance Program
    Ben Rosenblatt, PhD, ASCC, CSCS*D

    Chapter 19 Designing Energy-Specific Programs
    Joel Jamieson

    Chapter 20 Minimising the Interference Effect
    Glenn Stewart

    Chapter 21 Optimising Preseason Training in Team Sports
    Darren Burgess, PhD

    Chapter 22 Peaking for Competition in Individual Sports
    G. Gregory Haff, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA, AWF-3, ASCC, ASCA-2

    Chapter 23 Maintaining an In-Season Conditioning Edge
    Stuart Yule

    Chapter 24 Recovering Effectively in High-Performance Sports
    Christian J. Cook, Liam P. Kilduff and Marc R. Jones

    About the Editors
    About the Contributors

    About the Author & Editor

    David Joyce is one of the first people in the world to lecture on and hold postgraduate master’s degrees encompassing both sports science and sports medicine. He has trained, rehabilitated, and maintained multiple World and Olympic Champions, along with more than 100 national champions and 300 national representatives. The first athletic performance coach in history to work with Team China after having worked with another national Olympic team, Joyce is currently head of athletic performance at Western Force, the most traveled team in world sport, in the toughest club rugby competition in the world spanning Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He lives in Western Australia.

    Daniel Lewindon is uniquely qualified with postgraduate master’s degrees in both sports science and sports medicine. He has more than 12 years’ experience working full-time in elite sport, and is currently a physiotherapist for the Rugby Football Union, working as part of a world leading Performance Team to ensure the health and performance of England’s best rugby players.