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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jessica Jo Groth, MA (Central College)
Description: This book provides a thorough look at strength and conditioning starting from the first section, which covers the basic science of training, through the end of the book with specific drills and lifts to enhance human performance. The detailed pictures, charts, and descriptions make it very reader friendly.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the strength and conditioning field with up-to-date information from new research and to provide it in a style conducive to many learning types. It is important to stay current as new research becomes available, and these authors make it easier to achieve with this book.
Audience: The author intends this as an entry-level textbook for students in exercise science and preprofessional tracks. Coaches also may find this book valuable in developing programs for their athletes.
Features: The book begins by breaking down the basic sciences and then moves into strength, flexibility, and agility training. It also covers nutritional and safety topics. Many valuable pictures, charts, and tables as well as references for supplementary information, add to the value of the book.
Assessment: This high quality book will be a beneficial resource for those in the exercise science field and, more specifically, those who work with developing athletes. It would be good used in conjunction with Essentials of Strength and Conditioning, 2nd edition, Baechle and Earle (Human Kinetics, 2000), in preparation for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam.