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ESSENTIALS of STRENGTH TRAINING and CONDITIONING (Fourth Edition, G. Gergory Haff, N. Travis Triplett, and Editors)

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Structure and Function of Body Systems (N. Travis Triplett, PHD)

Musculoskeletal System

Neuromuscular System

Cardiovascular System Respiratory System Conclusion

Biomechanics of Resistance Exercise (Jeffery 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

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

Endocrine Responses to Resistance Exercise 
(William J. Kreamer, PhD, Jakob L. Vingren, PhD, and Berry A. Spiering, PhD)

Synthesis, Storage, and Secretion of Hormones

Muscle as the Target for Hormone Interactions

Role of Receptores in Mediating Hormonal Changes

Catagories of Hormones

Heavy Resistance Exercise and Hormonal Increases

Mechanisms of Hormonal Interactions

Hormonal Changes in Peripheral Blood

Adaptation in the Endocrine System

Primary Anabolic Hormones

Adrenal Hormones

Other Hormonal Considerations

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

Compatability of Aerobic and Anaerobic Modes of Training



Adaptations to 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 Endruance Training

Overtraining: Definition, Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Potential Markers

Age and Sex-Related Differences and Their Implications for Resistance Exercise (Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD, and Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD)


Female Athletes

Older Athletes

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 Skills Acquisition and Learning

Basic Nutrition Factors in Health (Marie Spano, MS, RD)

Role of Sports Nutrition Professionals 

Standard Nutrition Guidelines




Fluid and Electrolytes

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

Performance-Enhancing Substances and Methods (Bill Campbell, PhD)

Types of Performance-Enhancing Substances


Dietary Supplements

Principles of Test Selection and Administration (Michael McGuigan, PhD)

Reasons for Testing

Testing Terminology

Evaluation of Test Quality

Test Selection

Test Administration

Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation of Selected Tests (Michael McGuigan, PhD)

Measuring Parameters of Athletic Performance

Selected Tests Protocols and Scoring Data

Statistical Evaluation of Test Data

Warm-Up and Flexibility Training (Ian Jeffreys, PhD)



Types of Stretching

Static Stretching Techniques

Dynamic Stretching Techniques

Propriocentive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) 

Exercise Technique for Free Weight and Machine Training
(Scott Caulfield, BS, and Douglas Berninger, MEd)

Fundamentals of Exercise Technique

Spotting Free Weight Exercies

Resistance Training Exercises

Exercise Technique for Alternative Modes and Nontraditional Implement Training (Scott Caulfield, BS, and Douglas Berninger, MEd)

General Guidelines

Bodyweight Training Methods

Core Stability and Balance Training Methods

Variable-Resisteance Training Methods

Nontraditional Implement Training Methods

Unilateral Training

Modes and Nontraditional Exercies

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

Step 4: Exercise Order

Step 5: Training Load and Repetitions

Step 6: Volume

Step 7: Rest Periods

Program Design and Technique for Plyometric Training
(David H. Potach, PT, and Donal A. Chu, PhD, PT)

Plyometric Mechanics and Physiology

Program Design

Age Considerations

Plyometrics and Other Forms of Exercise

Safety Considerations 

Plyometric Drills

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

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

Periodization (G. Gregory Haff, PhD)

Central Concepts Related to Periodization

Periodization Hierarchy

Periodization Periods

Applying Sport Seasons to the Periodization Periods

Undulating Verss Linear Periodization Models

Example an Annual Training Plan

Rehabilitation and Reconditioning (David H. Potach, PT, and Terry L. Grindstaff, PhD, PT, ATC)

Sport Medicine Team

Types of Injury

Tissue Healing

Goals of Rehabilitation and Reconditioning

Program Design

Reducing Risk of Injury and Reinjury

Facility Design, Layout, and Organization (Andrea Hudy, MA)

General Aspects of New Facility Desgin

Existing Strength and Conditioning Facilities 

Assessing Athletic Program Needs

Designing the Strength and Conditioning Facility

Maintaining and Cleaning Surfaces and Equipment

Facility Policies, Procedures, and Legal Issues (Traci Statler, PhD, and Victor Brown, MS)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

Program Objectives

Strength and Conditioning Performance Team

Legal and Ethical Issues

Staff Policies and Activities

Facility Administration

Emergancy Planning and Response

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