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(First Edition: Brent A. Alvar, Katie Sell, Patricia A. Deuster, and Editors)

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Tactical Strength and Conditioning: An Overview


Duties of a Tactical Athlete

Job Analysis of a Tactical Athlete

Assessment of the Individual

Program Design

Cardiopulmonary and Endocrine Responses and Adaptations to Exercise

Cardiovascular Structure and Function

Pulmonary Anatomy and Function

Acute Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise

Acute Respiratory Responses to Exercise

Acute Endocrine Responses to Exercise

Chronic Adaptations of the Cardiopulmonary and Endocrine Systems to Exercise and High-Stress               Situations

Skeletal Muscle Anatomy and Biomechanics

Bones and the Skeleton

Skeletal Muscle

Muscle Mechanics

Neuromuscular Anatomy

Neural Responses During Exercise

Biomechanical Principles

Types of Muscle-Strengthening Exercises

Biomechanical Factors Affecting Muscle Strength

Physiological Adaptations and Bioenergetics

Bioenergetics and Metabolism

Physiological Adaptations to Exercise

Detraining and Retraining

Basic Nutrition for Tactical Populations

Guidelines for Dispensing Nutrition Information

Step 1: Understand the Demands of the Tactical Athlete

Step 2: Understand Basic Fueling Concepts

Step 3: Provide Nutritional Guidance

Step 4: Create Nutritional Recommendations to Support Performance and Recovery

Providing Guidelines on Energy Balance and Nutrition Tools

Tactical Fueling

Nutritional Needs of Tactical Athletes

Nutrient Requirments of Tactical Athletes Under Various Conditions

Nutrition-Related Conditions and Chronic Diseases of Tactical Athletes

Ergogenic Aids

Regulation of Dietary Supplements

Anti-Doping Agencies and Dietary Supplement Resources

Risk Stratification of Supplements

Common Performance-Enhancing Substances: Potential Benefits, Risks, and Side Effects

Illegal Performance-Enhancing Substances

Signs and Symptoms of Ergogenic Aid Abuse

Testing and Evaluation of Tactical Populations

History of Fitness Testing in Tactical Occupations

Types of Performance Tests

Testing Procedures

Evaluation of Performance Test Results

Use of Performance Test Results

Development of Resistance Training Programs

Needs Analysis

Resistance Training Program Design

Periodization for Tactical Populations

Defining Periodization

Goals of Periodization

Principles of Periodization Models

Structural Components of Periodized Training

Sequencing and Integrating Training

Applying Periodization Theory to Deployment-Based Tactical Athletes

Applying Periodization Theory to Nondeploymnet Tactical Athletes

Resistance Training Exercise Techniques

Performing Exercises With Alternative Implements

Warm-Up Before Resistance Training

Guidelines on Body Stance and Alignment, Breathing, and Spotting

Flexibility and Mobility Exercise Technique

Comparison of Mobility and Flexibility

Types of Flexibility and Mobility Exercises

Exercise Technique and Cueing Guidelines

Program Design

Plyometric, Speed, and Agility Exercise Techniques and Programming

Plyometric Training

Speed Training

Agility Training

Aerobic Endurance Exercise Techniques and Programming

Warming Up Before Aerobic Endurance Training

Exercise Techniques and Cueing Guidelines

Step 1: Exercise Mode

Step 2: Training Frequency

Step 3: Training Intensity

Step 4: Exercise Duration

Step 5: Exercise Progression

Program Design Recommendations

Evidence-Based Approach to Strength and Power Training to Improve Performance in Tactical Populations

Overview of Occupational Demands

Optimizing Occupational Performance

Applying Principles of Strenght and Power Training

Care and Rehabilitation of Injured Tactical Populations

Common Injury Prevalence and Risk Factors

Phases of Tissue Healing

Causes, Signs, and Symptoms of Overtraining Syndrome

Maintenance of Training Status During Rehabilitation and Reconditioning

Guidelines for Injury Care and Rehabilitation 

Physiological Issues Related to Fire and Rescue Personnel

Critical Job Tasks for Firefighters

Environmental, Occupational, and Exposure Concerns

Injury and Illness Risks in Firefighters

Optimizing Functional Fitness

Program Design and Sample Training Approaches

Physiological Issues Related to Law Enforcement Personnel

Critical Job Tasks for Law Enforcement Personnel

Environmental, Occupational, and Exposure Concerns

Injury and Illness Risks

Optimizing Functional Fitness

Key Program Variables 

Physiological Issues Related to Military Personnel

Critical Job Tasks for Conventional Military and Special Operations Personnel

Environmental, Occupational, and Exposure Concerns

Injury and Illness Risks

Optimizing Functional Fitness

Program Design and Sample Training Approaches

Physical Training to Optimize Load Carriage

Impact of Equipment Load on Biomechanical Demands

Physiological and Biomechanical Demands of Load Carriage

Practical Considerations for Training Programs to Optimize Load Carriage

Wellness Interventions in Tactical Populations

Chronic Illnesses and Diseases Common in Tactical Populations

Risk Factors Requiring Wellness Interventions

Operating Wellness Programs for Tactical Populations

Organization and Administration Considerations


Layout and Organization

Policies and Procedures 

Safe Training Enviroment 

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