--Myths and Misconceptions boxes debunk myths and clarify misconceptions prevalent throughout the strength & conditioning field.
--Sidebars expand on material presented in the text.
--Interpreting Research boxes highlight important research from the literature and explain how the research findings are applied in strength & conditioning practice.
--Case Studies in each chapter present real-world scenarios and require critical thinking to answer the associated questions.
--Exercise Descriptions in selected chapters include step-by-step instructions for the exercises, photos showing the exercises, as well as intensity level, variations, and caution tips.
--Summary Points are provided in a bulleted list at the end of the chapter to help capture and briefly revisit the main points covered in the chapter materials.
--Review Questions at the end of each chapter include multiple choice and true/false questions.
Part I Foundations
Chatper 1 An overview of strength training and conditioning
Chapter 2 Resistance training equipment and safety
Part II Physiological responses and adaptations
Chapter 3 Responses and adaptations of the nervous system
Chapter 4 Responses and adaptations of the muscular system
Chapter 5 Connective tissue adaptations
Chapter 6 Responses and adaptations of the endocrine system
Chapter 7 Metabolic responses and adaptations
Chapter 8 Responses and adaptations of the cardiovascular system
Chapter 9 Mechanics of force production
Part III Strength training and conditioning program design
Chapter 10 Principles of strength training and conditioning
Chapter 11 Warm-up and stretching
Chapter 12 Resistance training program design
Chapter 13 Resistance training exercises
Chapter 14 Plyometric training
Chapter 15 Sprint and agility training
Chapter 16 Aerobic training
Chapter 17 Training periodization
Part IV Assessment
Chapter 18 Assessment and evaluation
"As university faculty, I would use this book to introduce my students to the field of exercise physiology/strength and conditioning. Though it is not as in depth as Exercise Physiology: Human Bioenergetics and its Applications, 4th edition, Brooks et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2004), it was not designed for the same audience. In addition, if healthcare professionals want to further their general understanding of exercise physiology, this book would be an appropriate recommendation."
Weighted Numerical Score: 92 - 4 Stars!
- Doody Enterprises, Inc. (April 2012)
- Jake E Resch, Ph.D.(University of Texas Arlington)