High-Powered Plyometrics

Overview

A new and novel form of exercise in the 1980s, plyometrics is now an essential part of every serious athlete's conditioning program. Explosive power is required to compete at a high level in sports like football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and track and field.

Enter High-Powered Plyometrics—the most advanced, comprehensive guide to explosive power training for athletes, coaches, and conditioning experts. The book covers it all, from the principles of high-intensity ...

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Overview

A new and novel form of exercise in the 1980s, plyometrics is now an essential part of every serious athlete's conditioning program. Explosive power is required to compete at a high level in sports like football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and track and field.

Enter High-Powered Plyometrics—the most advanced, comprehensive guide to explosive power training for athletes, coaches, and conditioning experts. The book covers it all, from the principles of high-intensity plyometric training to the development of long- and short-term training programs for 21 sports. More than 360 photos illustrate 77 exercises to increase lower-, middle-, and upper-body power. Exercise descriptions and intensity guidelines provide step-by-step instructions to ensure correct technique and proper workload.

Power training rises to a new level in High-Powered Plyometrics. Every athlete and coach who wants to go beyond basic conditioning will make it their top sports conditioning manual.

The High-Powered Plyometrics Video includes foundation exercises such as squat jumps, double-leg speed hops, and medicine ball twists and passes; power-building exercises like tuck and scissors jumps, floor kips, arm swings, and sit-up throws; and high-intensity drills including depth jumps, vertical swings, drop pushes, and heavy bag strokes.

Finally, a videotape that demonstrates exactly how to make plyometric exercises pay off...with better sports performance!

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736038492
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/20/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

This product was authored by Human Kinetics based on the contributions of:

Jim Radcliffe is the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Oregon. He has been involved in coaching since 1978 and is recognized as a top authority on plyometric exercise. He has written two books, numerous articles for the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Training and Conditioning magazine as well as for football, basketball, and volleyball coaching journals, and developed a video. Radcliffe is a sought-after clinician and has been speaking about plyometrics since 1982. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Developing Explosive Power
Preface: Finding What You Want in This Book Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. The Science in Plyometrics
Power
* Muscle Contractions
* Exploiting the Stretch-Shortening Cycle
* Core of Plyometrics Planning
Chapter 2. Gearing Up for Plyometrics
Assessing Ability
* Considering Experience
* Judging Strength
* Evaluating the Exercise Objectives
* Selecting Equipment
Chapter 3. Plyometrics Technique
Warm-Up and Cool-Down
Building a Foundation
* Dilemmas of Eccentric Exercise
* Progressive Overload
* Maximize Force and Minimize Time
* Rest
* Complex Training
* Individualizing the Training Program
* Specificity
* Training and Rehabilitation Functions
Chapter 4. Lower Body, Legs, and Hips
Training Movements and Methods
* Target Muscle Groups
* Movements and the Power Chain
* Basic Drills
* Jumps (Drills 1-17)
* Bounds and Skips (Drills 18-31)
* Hops (Drills 32-43)
Chapter 5. Trunk and Upper Body Training Movements and Methods
* Target Muscle Groups
* Trunk (Drills 44-58)
* Upper Body (Drills 59-67)
Chapter 6. Sport-Specific Training Continuum Training by Sport
* Twelve-Week Conditioning Program
* Desirable Dozens
* Mountains and Rivers
Chapter 7. Building Power Long Term Skillathons-A Way to Evaluate
* Jumps Decathlon
* Throwing and Passing Tests
* Seasonal Conditioning-The Power Hierarchy
* Year-Round Conditioning-Planned Performance Training
References and Suggested Readings
Index
About the Authors
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