Sport Physiology for Coaches

Sport Physiology for Coaches

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    Sport consists of preparation and performance—about 99 percent preparation, 1 percent performance. You know the importance of physical fitness in sport, but do you know how to train your athletes to perform at their best?


    Sport Physiology for Coaches is designed to help coaches assess, refine, enhance, and improve athletes’ performance through an applied approach to exercise physiology. Written primarily for high school coaches, this practical, user-friendly text not only covers training essentials for muscular and energy fitness, but it also provides the hands-on assessments, forms, and training plans to help you implement the concepts in your training sessions.


    To guide you in the development of a training program for your sport, the book features sample programs for sports involving skill, power, power endurance, intermittent activity, and aerobic activity. You’ll learn the principles behind development of muscular and energy fitness, differentiate between myth and science, and glean the latest training techniques and lessons from science and top coaches. In the end, you’ll come away with a systematic approach and integrated training plan for developing your athletes’ energy and muscular fitness. With Sport Physiology for Coaches, you’ll discover how knowledge of sport physiology and training can contribute to your athletes’ success and to your understanding and enjoyment of coaching.

    Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgments

    Part I The Athlete, the Coach, and Sport Physiology

    Chapter 1 Introduction to Sport Physiology
    Sport Physiology
    Sources of Information
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Chapter 2 Principles of Training
    Principles of Training
    Fallacies of Training
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Chapter 3 Individual Response
    Heredity
    Maturation
    Other Factors
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Part II Muscular Fitness Training

    Chapter 4 Muscular Fitness: Strength, Power and Endurance
    Muscle Function, Movement, and Control
    Muscle Structure and Contraction
    Muscles and Movement
    Heredity Versus Training
    Muscular Fitness
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Chapter 5 Assessment of Muscular Fitness
    Designing Appropriate Tests
    Administering Tests
    Sample Tests
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Chapter 6 Developing Muscular Fitness
    Resistance Training Basics
    Resistance Training Terms
    Organizing a Strength Training Program
    Developing Strength
    Developing Power
    Developing Power Endurance
    Periodization and Progression
    Improving Speed
    Improving Flexibility
    Improving Agility and Balance
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Part III Energy Fitness Training

    Chapter 7 Energy Systems: Aerobic and Anaerobic
    Energy Systems
    Specific Training
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Chapter 8 Assessing Energy Fitness
    Energy Requirements and Training
    Anaerobic Power
    Aerobic Energy Fitness
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Chapter 9 Developing Energy Fitness
    Overload
    Duration of Energy Training
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Part IV Designing Training Programs

    Chapter 10 A Systematic Approach to Training Program Development
    Goal Setting and Needs Analysis
    Periodize the Training Program
    Weekly Periodization
    The Weekly Plan
    Monitor Your Athletes
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Chapter 11 Sample Training Programs
    Skill Sport: Golf
    Power Sport: Football Lineman
    Power Endurance Sport: Wrestling
    Intermittent Sport: Soccer
    Aerobic (Endurance) Sport: Cross Country Running
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Chapter 12 Performance and Health
    Health Behaviors
    Other Behaviors
    Overtraining
    Career Development
    Multi-year Planning
    Summary
    Key Terms
    Review Questions
    Practical Activities

    Appendix A Flexibility Exercises
    Appendix B Exercises for Core Training and Specific Muscle Groups
    Appendix C Plyometric Training Exercises
    Appendix D Designing Appropriate Tests
    Appendix E Using Training Impulse Guidelines (TRIMPS) to Plan Training
    Appendix F Answers to Review Questions
    Appendix G Answers to Practical Activities
    Appendix H Suggested Readings

    Glossary
    References
    Index
    About the Authors

    About the Author

    Brian J. Sharkey brings nearly 40 years of experience as a leading fitness researcher, educator, author, and consultant to Sport Physiology for Coaches. Sharkey served as director of the University of Montana's Human Performance Laboratory for many years and remains associated with the university and lab as professor emeritus. Through the university, Sharkey continues to do research on ultra-endurance athletes known as wildland firefighters. He is also a consultant with the U.S. Forest Service in the areas of fitness, health, and work capacity.

    Sharkey is past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and served on the NCAA committee on competitive safeguards and medical aspects of sports, where he chaired the Sports Science and Safety subcommittee, which uses research and data on injury to improve the safety of intercollegiate athletes. He also coordinated the US Ski Team Nordic Sportsmedicine Council.

    He received the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Superior Service Award in 1977 and its Distinguished Service Award in 1993 for his contributions to the health, safety, and performance of firefighters.

    Sharkey has written numerous books, many published by Human Kinetics, including Coaches Guide to Sport Physiology and Fitness and Health.

    In his leisure time, Sharkey enjoys cross-country skiing, mountain biking, running, hiking, and canoeing. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

    Steven Gaskill is in the department of health and human performance at the University of Montana. Gaskill worked for the U.S. ski team for 10 years—as head coach of the Nordic combined (ski jumping and cross-country skiing) and cross-country teams and as director of the coaches' educational programs. He has coached at three Olympic Games, and 20 skiers who have trained under him have competed in the Olympics. In 1992, the U.S. Ski Association named him the U.S. Cross-Country Coach of the Year.

    Gaskill was the founder and first director of Team Birke Ski Education Foundation, which is dedicated to the development of excellence in cross-country ski programs for skiers of all ages. He is author of Fitness Cross-Country Skiing, published by Human Kinetics, and has published more than 200 articles and produced six instructional videotapes on cross-country skiing. He has presented his extensive research findings on training for cross-country skiing to the American College of Sports Medicine and has written a major article for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

    Gaskill lives in Burnsville, Minnesota, with his wife, Kathy. His favorite leisure activities are cross-country skiing, hiking, and mountaineering.

    The authors met in 1980 when Gaskill was coach and Sharkey was sport physiologist for the U.S. ski team. Eventually they went their separate directions, but in 1998, Gaskill applied for a position at the University of Montana, where Sharkey was retiring after 30 years. Since then they have renewed their association, conducting research and development activities in the Human Performance Laboratory and in the field.

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