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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 during competition. 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 approaches to training for speed and agility. This book further explores the scientific rationale for all aspects of effective training to develop sports speed and agility, comprising a diverse range of topics that include: 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. No other book offers a comparable blend of theory and practice. Training for Sports Speed and Agilityis therefore crucial reading for all students, coaches and athletes looking to improve their understanding of this key component of sports performance.
Table of Contents
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Theory of sports speed and agility development
Introduction: what defines sports speed and agility?
Foundations of speed and agility expression in sports
Assessing physical parameters of speed and agility
Athleticism and movement skills development
Developing physical capabilities for speed and agility
Strength training for speed and agility development
Speed-strength development and plyometric training
Metabolic conditioning for speed and agility performance
Lumbopelvic 'core' stability
Warm-up methods and mobility training
Developing technical and perceptual aspects of sports speed and agility
Technical aspects of acceleration and straight-line speed development
Developing change of direction capabilities and expression of sports agility
Designing the programme
Planning and scheduling: periodisation of training
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