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Training for Sports Speed and Agility: An Evidence-Based Approach

ISBN: 9780415591263 | 0415591260
Edition: 1st
Format: Nonspecific Binding
Publisher: Routledge
Pub. Date: 10/5/2011

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Speed and agility are central to success in a wide range of sports. Training for Sports Speed and Agilityis the first evidence-based study of all those aspects of athletic preparation that contribute to the expression of speed and agility in sports. Drawing on the very latest scientific research in the fields of strength and conditioning, applied physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, and sports medicine, the book critically examines existing approaches to training for speed and agility and offers a scientific rationale for developing effective training programs. With an emphasis on neuromuscular training, the book introduces key topics such as: Assessment Strength training for speed and agility development Speed-strength development and plyometric training Metabolic conditioning Mobility and flexibility Acceleration Straight-line speed development Developing change of direction capabilities Developing expression of agility during competition Periodisation Every chapter includes a review of current research as well as offering clear, practical guidelines for improving training and performance, including photographs illustrating different training modes and techniques. An appendix provides full sample programs for team sports, collision sports and racket sports. No other book offers a comparable blend of theory and practice, and therefore Training for Sports Speed and Agilityis important reading for all students, coaches and athletes looking to improve their understanding of this key component of sports performance.

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