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

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-10-05
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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.

Author Biography

Dr Paul Gamble currently works as national strength and conditioning lead for Scottish Squash and is also responsible for a number of national-level athletes in a variety of sports, having previously worked in professional rugby union with English Premiership side London Irish. This is Paul's second textbook and he has published a number of articles on related topics, as well as developing course materials for postgraduate degree programmes.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Theory of sports speed and agility developmentp. 1
Introduction: what defines sports speed and agility?p. 3
Foundations of speed and agility expression in sportsp. 7
Assessing physical parameters of speed and agilityp. 19
Athleticism and movement skills developmentp. 40
Developing physical capabilities for speed and agilityp. 47
Strength training for speed and agility developmentp. 49
Speed-strength development and plyometric trainingp. 73
Metabolic conditioning for speed and agility performancep. 92
Lumbopelvic 'core' stabilityp. 103
Warm-up methods and mobility trainingp. 122
Developing technical and perceptual aspects of sports speed and agilityp. 133
Technical aspects of acceleration and straight-line speed developmentp. 135
Developing change of direction capabilities and expression of sports agilityp. 142
Designing the programmep. 155
Planning and scheduling: periodisation of trainingp. 157
Referencesp. 167
Indexp. 185
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