Essentials of Strength Training & Conditioning Book

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The most-preferred preparation text for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) exam.

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Spiral-bound. Full-size, 672 pages. 2008 (3rd ed.).
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Section 1: Concepts and Applications of the Exercise Sciences

Chapter 1. Structure and Function of the Muscular, Neuromuscular, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory Systems
Gary R. Hunter, PhD, and Robert T. Harris, PhD

  • Muscular System
  • Neuromuscular System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 2: Bioenergetics of Exercise and Training
Joel T. Cramer, PhD

  • Essential Terminology
  • Biological Energy Systems
  • Substrate Depletion and Repletion
  • Bioenergetic Limiting Factors in Exercise Performance
  • Oxygen Uptake and the Aerobic and Anaerobic Contributions to Exercise
  • Metabolic Specificity of Training
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 3: Endocrine Responses to Resistance Exercise
William J. Kraemer, PhD, Jakob L. Vingren, PhD, and Barry A. Spiering, PhD

  • Synthesis, Storage, and Secretion of Hormones
  • Muscle as the Target for Hormone Interactions
  • Role of Receptors in Mediating Hormonal Changes
  • Steroid Hormones Versus Polypeptide Hormones
  • Heavy Resistance Exercise and Hormonal Increases
  • Mechanisms of Hormonal Interactions
  • Hormonal Changes in Peripheral Blood
  • Adaptations in the Endocrine System
  • Primary Anabolic Hormones
  • Adrenal Hormones
  • Other Hormonal Considerations
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 4: Biomechanics of Resistance Exercise
Everett Harman, PhD

  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Human Strength and Power
  • Sources of Resistance to Muscle Contraction
  • Joint Biomechanics: Concerns in Resistance Training
  • Movement Analysis and Exercise Prescription
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 5: Adaptations to Anaerobic Training Programs
Nicholas A. Ratamess, PhD

  • Neural Adaptations
  • Muscular Adaptations
  • Connective Tissue Adaptations
  • Endocrine Responses and Adaptations to Anaerobic Training
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Responses to Acute Exercise
  • Compatibility of Aerobic and Anaerobic Modes of Training
  • Overtraining
  • Detraining
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 6: Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training Programs
Ann Swank, PhD

  • Acute Responses to Aerobic Exercise
  • Chronic Adaptations to Aerobic Exercise
  • Designing Aerobic Programs for Optimizing Adaptations
  • External Influences on Cardiorespiratory Response
  • Individual Factors Influencing Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 7: Age- and Sex-Related Differences and Their Implications for Resistance Exercise
Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD

  • Children
  • Female Athletes
  • Older Adults
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 8: Psychology of Athletic Preparation and Performance
Bradley D. Hatfield, PhD, and Evan B. Brody, PhD

  • Definitions of Key Concepts in Sport Psychology
  • How the Mind Affects the Athlete’s Physical Performance
  • Ideal Performance State
  • Motivational Phenomena
  • Influence of Arousal on Performance
  • Mental Management of Physical Resources: Controlling Psychological Processes
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 9: Performance-Enhancing Substances
Jay R. Hoffman, PhD, and Jeffrey R. Stout, PhD

  • Types of Performance-Enhancing Substances
  • Hormones
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 10: Nutritional Factors in Health and Performance
Kristin Reimers, PhD

  • Role of the Nutritionist
  • How to Evaluate the Adequacy of the Diet
  • Macronutrients
  • Micronutrients
  • Fluid and Electrolytes
  • Precompetition and Postexercise Nutrition
  • Weight and Body Composition
  • Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
  • Obesity
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Section 2: Testing and Evaluation

Chapter 11: Principles of Test Selection and Administration
Everett Harman, PhD

  • Reasons for Testing
  • Testing Terminology
  • Evaluation of Test Quality
  • Test Selection
  • Test Administration
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 12: Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation of Selected Tests
Everett Harman, PhD, and John Garhammer, PhD

  • Measuring Parameters of Athletic Performance
  • Selected Test Protocols and Scoring Data
  • Statistical Evaluation of Test Data
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Section 3: Exercise Techniques

Chapter 13: Warm-Up and Stretching
Ian Jeffreys, PhD

  • Warm-Up
  • Flexibility
  • Types of Stretching
  • Conclusion
  • Static Stretching Techniques
  • Dynamic Stretching Techniques
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 14: Resistance Training and Spotting Techniques
Roger W. Earle, MA, and Thomas R. Baechle, EdD

  • Exercise Technique Fundamentals
  • Spotting Free Weight Exercises
  • Conclusion
  • Resistance Training Exercises
  • Learning Aids

Section 4: Program Design
Part I: Anaerobic Exercise Prescription

Chapter 15: Resistance Training
Thomas R. Baechle, EdD, Roger W. Earle, MA, and Dan Wathen, MS

  • Step 1: Needs Analysis
  • Step 2: Exercise Selection
  • Step 3: Training Frequency
  • Step 4: Exercise Order
  • Step 5: Training Load and Repetitions
  • Step 6: Volume
  • Step 7: Rest Periods
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 16: Plyometric Training
David H. Potach, MPT, and Donald A. Chu, PhD, PT

  • Plyometric Mechanics and Physiology
  • Plyometric Program Design
  • Age Considerations
  • Plyometrics and Other Forms of Exercise
  • Safety Considerations
  • Conclusion
  • Plyometric Drills
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 17: Speed, Agility, and Speed-Endurance Development
Steven S. Plisk, MS

  • Movement Mechanics
  • Running Speed
  • Agility
  • Methods of Developing Speed and Agility
  • Program Design
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Part II : Aerobic Exercise Prescription

Chapter 18: Aerobic Endurance Exercise Training
Benjamin H. Reuter, PhD, and Patrick Hagerman, PhD

  • Factors Related to Aerobic Endurance Performance
  • Designing an Aerobic Endurance Program
  • Types of Aerobic Endurance Training Programs
  • Application of Program Design to Training Seasons
  • Special Issues Related to Aerobic Endurance Training
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Part III: Applying Exercise Prescription Principles

Chapter 19: Periodization
Dan Wathen, MS, Thomas R. Baechle, EdD, and Roger W. Earle, MA

  • Responses to Training Stress
  • Periodization Cycles
  • Periodization Periods
  • Applying Sport Seasons to the Periodization Periods
  • Undulating (Nonlinear) Versus Linear Periodization Models
  • Example of a Macrocycle
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 20: Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
David H. Potach, MPT, and Terry L. Grindstaff, DPT

  • Sports Medicine Team
  • Types of Injury
  • Tissue Healing
  • Rehabilitation and Reconditioning Strategies
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Section 5: Organization and Administration

Chapter 21: Facility Organization and Risk Management
Michael Greenwood, PhD, and Lori Greenwood, PhD

  • General Aspects of New Facility Design
  • Existing Strength and Conditioning Facilities
  • Assessing Athletic Program Needs
  • Designing the Strength and Conditioning Facility
  • Arranging Equipment in the Strength and Conditioning Facility
  • Maintaining and Cleaning Surfaces
  • Maintaining and Cleaning Equipment
  • Scheduling the Strength and Conditioning Facility
  • Litigation Issues
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids

Chapter 22: Developing a Policies and Procedures Manual
Boyd Epley, MEd, and John Taylor, MS

  • Mission Statement and Program Goals
  • Program Objectives
  • Job Titles, Descriptions, and Duties of the Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Staff Policies and Activities
  • Facility Administration
  • Conclusion
  • Learning Aids