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Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Edition With Web Resource

Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Edition With Web Resource

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    Developed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and now in its fourth edition, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the essential text for strength and conditioning professionals and students. This comprehensive resource, created by 30 expert contributors in the field, explains the key theories, concepts, and scientific principles of strength training and conditioning as well as their direct application to athletic competition and performance.

    The scope and content of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Fourth Edition With HKPropel Access, have been updated to convey the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a strength and conditioning professional and to address the latest information found on the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. The evidence-based approach and unbeatable accuracy of the text make it the primary resource to rely on for CSCS exam preparation.

    The text is organized to lead readers from theory to program design and practical strategies for administration and management of strength and conditioning facilities. The fourth edition contains the most current research and applications and several new features:
    • Online videos featuring 21 resistance training exercises demonstrate proper exercise form for classroom and practical use.
    • Updated research—specifically in the areas of high-intensity interval training, overtraining, agility and change of direction, nutrition for health and performance, and periodization—helps readers better understand these popular trends in the industry.
    • A new chapter with instructions and photos presents techniques for exercises using alternative modes and nontraditional implements.
    • Ten additional tests, including those for maximum strength, power, and aerobic capacity, along with new flexibility exercises, resistance training exercises, plyometric exercises, and speed and agility drills help professionals design programs that reflect current guidelines.

    Key points, chapter objectives, and learning aids including key terms and self-study questions provide a structure to help students and professionals conceptualize the information and reinforce fundamental facts. Application sidebars provide practical application of scientific concepts that can be used by strength and conditioning specialists in real-world settings, making the information immediately relatable and usable. Online learning tools delivered through HKPropel provide students with 11 downloadable lab activities for practice and retention of information. Further, both students and professionals will benefit from the online videos of 21 foundational exercises that provide visual instruction and reinforce proper technique.

    Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Fourth Edition, provides the most comprehensive information on organization and administration of facilities, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, training adaptations, program design, and structure and function of body systems. Its scope, precision, and dependability make it the essential preparation text for the CSCS exam as well as a definitive reference for strength and conditioning professionals to consult in their everyday practice.  

    Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.


    A text for those preparing for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) examination and for upper-level undergraduates taking courses in the exercise sciences related to strength training and conditioning. Also a reference for strength and conditioning specialists, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal trainers, and other sport science professionals.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Structure and Function of Body Systems

    N. Travis Triplett, PhD

    Musculoskeletal System

    Neuromuscular System

    Cardiovascular System

    Respiratory System


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 2. Biomechanics of Resistance Exercise

    Jeffrey M. McBride, PhD

    Skeletal Musculature

    Anatomical Planes and Major Body Movements

    Human Strength and Power

    Sources of Resistance to Muscle Contraction

    Joint Biomechanics: Concerns in Resistance Training


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 3. Bioenergetics of Exercise and Training

    Trent J. Herda, PhD, and 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


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 4. 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

    Categories of 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


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 5. Adaptations to Anaerobic Training Programs

    Duncan French, PhD

    Neural Adaptations

    Muscular Adaptations

    Connective Tissue Adaptations

    Endocrine Responses and Adaptations to Anaerobic Training

    Cardiovascular and Respiratory Responses to Anaerobic Exercise

    Compatibility of Aerobic and Anaerobic Modes of Training




    Learning Aids

    Chapter 6. Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training Programs

    Ann Swank, PhD, and Carwyn Sharp, PhD

    Acute Responses to Aerobic Exercise

    Chronic Adaptations to Aerobic Exercise

    Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training

    External and Individual Factors Influencing Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training

    Overtraining: Definition, Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Potential Markers


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 7. Age- and Sex-Related Differences and Their Implications for Resistance Exercise

    Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD, and Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD


    Female Athletes

    Older Adults


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 8. Psychology of Athletic Preparation and Performance

    Traci A. Statler, PhD, and Andrea M. DuBois, MS

    Role of Sport Psychology

    Ideal Performance State

    Energy Management: Arousal, Anxiety and Stress

    Influence of Arousal and Anxiety on Performance


    Attention and Focus

    Psychological Techniques for Improved Performance

    Enhancing Motor Skill Acquisition and Learning


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 9. Basic Nutrition Factors in Health

    Marie Spano, MS, RD

    Role of Sport Nutrition Professionals

    Standard Nutrition Guidelines




    Fluid and Electrolytes


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 10. Nutrition Strategies for Maximizing Performance

    Marie Spano, MS, RD

    Precompetition, During-Event, and Postcompetition Nutrition

    Nutrition Strategies for Altering Body Composition

    Feeding and Eating Disorders


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 11. Performance-Enhancing Substances and Methods

    Bill Campbell, PhD

    Types of Performance-Enhancing Substances


    Dietary Supplements


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 12. Principles of Test Selection and Administration

    Michael McGuigan, PhD

    Reasons for Testing

    Testing Terminology

    Evaluation of Test Quality

    Test Selection

    Test Administration


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 13. Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation of Selected Tests

    Michael McGuigan, PhD

    Measuring Parameters of Athletic Performance

    Selected Test Protocols and Scoring Data

    Statistical Evaluation of Test Data


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 14. Warm-Up and Flexibility Training

    Ian Jeffreys, PhD



    Types of Stretching


    Static Stretching Techniques

    Dynamic Stretching Techniques

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 15. Exercise Technique for Free-Weight and Machine Training Technique

    Scott Caulfield, BS

    Fundamentals of Exercise Technique

    Spotting Free-Weight Exercises


    Resistance Training Exercises

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 16. Exercise Technique for Alternative Modes and Nontraditional Implement Training

    G. Gregory Haff, PhD, Doug Berninger, MEd, and Scott Caulfield, BS

    General Guidelines

    Body-Weight Training Methods

    Core Stability and Balance Training Methods

    Variable-Resistance Training Methods

    Nontraditional Implement Training Methods

    Unilateral Training


    Alternative Modes and Nontraditional Exercises

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 17. Program Design for Resistance Training

    Jeremy M. Sheppard, PhD, and N. Travis Triplett, PhD

    Principles of Anaerobic Exercise Prescription

    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


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 18. Program Design and Technique for Plyometric Training

    David H. Potach, PT, and Donald A. Chu, PhD, PT

    Plyometric Mechanics and Physiology

    Design of Plyometric Training Programs

    Age Considerations

    Plyometrics and Other Forms of Exercise

    Safety Considerations


    Plyometric Drills

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 19. Program Design and Technique for Speed and Agility Training

    Brad H. DeWeese, EdD, and Sophia Nimphius, PhD

    Speed and Agility Mechanics

    Neurophysiological Basis for Speed

    Running Speed

    Agility Performance and Change-of-Direction Ability

    Methods of Developing Speed

    Methods of Developing Agility

    Program Design

    Speed Development Strategies

    Agility Development Strategies


    Speed and Agility Drills

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 20. Program Design and Technique for Aerobic Endurance Training

    Benjamin H. Reuter, PhD, and J. Jay Dawes, 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


    Aerobic Endurance Training Exercises

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 21. Periodization

    G. Gregory Haff, PhD

    Central Concepts Related to Periodization

    Periodization Hierarchy

    Periodization Periods

    Applying Sport Seasons to the Periodization Periods

    Undulating Versus Linear Periodization Models

    Example of an Annual Training Plan


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 22. Rehabilitation and Reconditioning

    David H. Potach, PT, and Terry L. Grindstaff, DPT

    Types of Injury

    Tissue Healing

    Rehabilitation and Reconditioning Strategies

    Program Design

    Reducing Risk of Injury and Reinjury


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 23. Facility Design, Layout, and Organization

    Andrea Hudy, MA

    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 and Equipment


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 24. Facility Policies, Procedures, and Legal Issues

    Traci Statler, PhD, and Victor Brown, MS

    Mission Statement and Program Goals

    Legal and Ethical Issues

    Staff Policies and Activities

    Facility Administration

    Emergency Planning and Response


    About the Editor

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning. Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science, performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches and athletes. The NSCA provides the crucial link between the lab and the field.

    G. Gregory Haff, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, is the course coordinator for the postgraduate degree in strength and conditioning at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Australia. He is the president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a senior associate editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Haff was the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for Research and Education and the 2011 NSCA William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist award winner. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction, a UKSCA-accredited strength and conditioning coach, and an accredited Australian Strength and Conditioning Association level 2 strength and conditioning coach. Additionally, he is a national-level weightlifting coach in the United States and Australia. He serves as a consultant for numerous sporting bodies, including teams in the Australian Football League, Australian Rugby Union, Australian Basketball Association, and National Football League.

    N. Travis Triplett, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, is a professor and chairperson of the department of health and exercise science at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She has served as the secretary-treasurer of the board of directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was the 2010 NSCA William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist award winner. She has served on two panels for NASA, one for developing resistance exercise countermeasures to microgravity environments for the International Space Station, and was a sports physiology research assistant at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dr. Triplett is currently a senior associate editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction as well as a USA Weightlifting club coach.


    “This is the most comprehensive reference available for exercise professionals in the area of strength and conditioning. The depth of information is unmatched, and the level of current research dissemination is excellent.”
    ©Doody’s Review Service, 2016, Kimberly Friedman, MS, The Ohio State University


    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

    Instructor guide. Includes additional resources to aid in lecture preparation, including sample application questions, key terms with definitions, and chapter objectives and outlines.

    Instructor video. Includes the 21 resistance training videos that are also available for students through HKPropel, plus 40 additional videos that demonstrate various plyometric exercises and alternative modes that bring practical content to the classroom. 

    Test package. Includes 240 multiple-choice questions. The files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed as paper-based tests. Instructors may also create their own customized quizzes or tests from the test bank questions to assign to students directly through HKPropel. Those assessments are automatically graded and student scores can be reviewed by instructors in the platform.

    Presentation package plus image bank. Includes more than 1,300 PowerPoint slides to augment classroom discussion and lectures. Over 600 figures, tables, and images from the book are organized by chapter and can be used by instructors in handouts and classroom activities to reinforce key concepts.

    The presentation package plus image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-7182-1091-2

    Instructors also receive access to all student materials in HKPropel. For Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, this includes 21 video clips of resistance training exercises and 11 downloadable lab activities.

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    The book covered many aspects of strength training and Conditioning .It is interesting ,educational and very well written based on the latest research. It is a must read for coaches ,athletes ,personal trainers and Kinesiology students .


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