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ACSM's Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning

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October 5, 2011
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  • Description
    Developed by the American College of Sports Medicine, this text offers a comprehensive introduction to the basics of strength training and conditioning based on the latest research findings. ACSM's Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning is divided into four parts: Foundations, Physiological Responses and Adaptations, Strength Training and Conditioning Program Design, and Assessment. The text focuses on practical applications, enabling students to develop, implement, and assess the results of training programs that are designed to optimize strength, power, and athletic performance. Moreover, the text’s clear, straightforward writing style makes it easy to grasp new concepts.

  • Specs
    Product Format
    HC-Printed Cover
    Trim Size
    8.375 x 10.875
    Publication Date
    October 5, 2011
  • American College of Sports Medicine
    Nicholas Ratamess PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA
    Department of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

  • Features
    --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.
    --Key Terms are bolded red within the text.

    --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.

  • Table of contents

    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


  • Editorial Reviews

    "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)

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