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High-Performance Training for Sports [Kindle Edition]

Dan Lewindon , David Joyce
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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High-Performance Training for Sports changes the landscape of athletic conditioning and sports performance. This groundbreaking work presents the latest and most effective philosophies, protocols and programmes for developing today’s athletes.

High-Performance Training for Sports features contributions from global leaders in athletic performance training, coaching and rehabilitation. Experts share the cutting-edge knowledge and techniques they’ve used with Olympians as well as top athletes and teams from the NBA, NFL, MLB, English Premier League, Tour de France and International Rugby.

Combining the latest science and research with proven training protocols, High-Performance Training for Sports will guide you in these areas:

Optimise the effectiveness of cross-training.
Translate strength into speed.
Increase aerobic capacity and generate anaerobic power.
Maintain peak conditioning throughout the season.
Minimise the interference effect.
Design energy-specific performance programmes.

Whether you are working with high-performance athletes of all ages or with those recovering from injury, High-Performance Training for Sports is the definitive guide for developing all aspects of athletic performance. It is a must-own guide for any serious strength and conditioning coach, trainer, rehabilitator or athlete.


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About the Author

David Joyce worked as a high performance coach and physiotherapist at the last two Olympic games (2008 with Team GB and 2012 team China) as well as multiple world and continental championships. Daniel Lewindon is uniquely qualified with postgraduate masters degrees in both sports science and sports medicine. He has over 10 years full time experience working full time in elite sport as a physiotherapist for the England Rugby Union team a post he has held for over 4 years.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Essential reading for all coaches.
This book has raised the bar & set the standard for future coaching resources.
The list of contributing authors reads like a 'who's who' of performance coaches - and their contributions align with their reputations & track records.
Each chapter provides a wealth of knowledge & rich information which can be applied on a daily basis by coaches. This is one of the strongest features of this book, it's not purely academic, it is valuable practical resource.
Personally I have never highlighted so much content within one book.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough for any one who coaches or works with performance athletes.
You cannot put a price on the quality of the information contained in this book, it simply is invaluable.
I have already recommended it to my fellow coaches - and I will continue to do,so to,as many people as possible.
The more coaches who read, learn & apply the knowledge in this book the better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now That's What I call Strength & Conditioning! 15 Aug. 2014
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High-Performance Training for Sports is an edited text that brings together a wide range of experienced practitioners, researchers, and coaches to create one of the most authoritative and useable texts on the subject so far. In addition to the 2 lead authors there are contributions from around 30 authors including such luminaries as Mark Verstegen, Frans Bosch, Mike McGuigan, Rhodri Lloyd, Darren Burgess, Jeremy Sheppard, Greg Haff and Liam Kilduff. Many chapters also contain an additional “coach’s insight” from a range of the world’s top conditioning coaches that contain the sort of personal perspectives that one normally only finds at workshops and conventions. There are many good chapters and after an initial reading I'm looking forward to revisiting “Fine-tuning motor control” by Frans Bosch, and “Maintaining an in-season conditioning edge” by Stuart Yule where he presents 10 critical in-season training philosophies.

The book is divided into 3 sections; Building Robust Athletes, Developing Athletic Capacity and Delivering Performance and is similar to last year’s excellent spinal rehabilitation text by Hodges, Cholewecki and McGill. It is a rare book that is able to bring together so many experts who can then write with such openness, passion and insight. The advice is based on robust scientific findings and insight drawn from applied experience and the balance between the two is as it should be. I find it disappointing to hear people in the field create a false division between academic researchers and in-the-field practitioners as the best of each discipline will not only draw on the experiences of the other but will actually be working in both fields to some degree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent book. It provides insights from some of the leading names in the sports science world, be they coaches, physiotherapists, or physiologists.

The book is split into three main sections; Building Robust Athletes, Developing Athletics Capacity, and Delivering Performance. The Robust Athlete section contains information about evaluating athletics capacities, developing younger athletes, flexibility, movememnt efficiency, monitoring, and rehabilitation. The section on Athletic Capacity discusses warm ups and cool downs, speed training, jump training, agility, anaerobic power and endurance. Finally, the section on Delivering Performance looks at planning training programmes, covering pre-season and in-season training, peaking and tapering strategies, and effective recovery.

If you work within the fitness sector, as an athlete, coach, trainer, physio or sport science support staff, there is something for you in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I am really impressed with the simplicity of the text to understand, the pictures, tables and figures used to demonstrate processes. The snippets of wisdom are really good additions because they are normally the questions that get asked. I gave this to a student that was struggling to understand how to put all the little things together to generate a performance programme, to make it meaningful. I think things finally clicked when reading this, which is always the best moments when student’s light bulbs come on. This is definitely the best book I have seen covering high-performance training, future bible text I believe for understanding how everything goes together (applied).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A great book covering a huge amount of important areas on performance. Well written and presented.
The authors are leading in their field so where better to turn? As an athlete I believe it will really help to improve my personal performance. I look forward to putting the book to work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book gives real world, adaptable solutions to problems faced by guys working in the industry. The list of contributors speak for themselves and I couldn't recommend this book highly enough. The chapters by Stuart Yule and Frans Bosch were of particular interest to me but each chapter will tick a box when it comes to challenges faced by coaches working with athletes. The language used is very practical and understandable, not a showcase to demonstrate how clever the contributors are.
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