The Paralympic Athlete: Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science / Edition 1

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This brand new Handbook addresses Paralympic sports and athletes, providing practical information on the medical issues, biological factors in the performance of the sports and physical conditioning. The book begins with a comprehensive introduction of the Paralympic athlete, followed by discipline-specific reviews from leading authorities in disability sport science, each covering the biomechanics, physiology, medicine, philosophy, sociology and psychology of the discipline. The Paralympic Athlete also addresses recent assessment and training tools to enhance the performance of athletes, particularly useful for trainers and coaches, and examples of best practice on athletes' scientific counseling are also presented. This new title sits in a series of specialist reference volumes, ideal for the use of professionals working directly with competitive athletes.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Brian Bratta, MS, ATC, CSCS (Michigan State University)
Description: In this book, professionals in the field contribute to the awareness and preparation of the paralympic athlete from both a physical and a mental perspective. It encompasses a history of the Paralympic Games as well as common practices in training athletes for competition.
Purpose: The purpose is twofold: to identify existing practices in the sport science community in the preparation of paralympic athletes and to examine those practices and how to properly use them in the training schedules of these athletes. This is a pioneering book in the field, not only detailing the training practices that are effective, but also presenting a historical perspective in the evolution of the Paralympic Games. The authors have called on professionals from around the world to provide a thorough evaluation of the information and an in-depth look at approaches to develop the skills needed for athletes to compete at the highest possible levels.
Audience: This is an important book for any coach, exercise physiologist, strength trainer, and/or athletic trainer working with athletes who wish to compete at the highest paralympic level. It not only breaks down the physical demands required to be at the elite level, it also explains how to address psychological concerns of these athlete as they are training.
Features: The authors have arranged this book in a logical manner, beginning with the history of the Paralympics. It then examines the background of the athletes, ranging from a biomechanical and physiological perspective to a social and psychological understanding. The final chapters are key for understanding the acclimatization of the athlete for the specific sport and time frame for competition. This is important for anyone interacting with elite paralympic athletes as it discusses what to expect when competing at such a high level.
Assessment: This is a must read for anyone working with paralympic athletes. It is a thorough and concise explanation of the inner workings of the paralympic movement. Many other books highlight the specifics of a particular sport, but this one provides a well-rounded perspective on the movement.
From the Publisher
“This is a must read for anyone working with paralympic athletes. It is a thorough and concise explanation of the inner workings of the paralympic movement. Many other books highlight the specifics of a particular sport, but this one provides a well-rounded perspective on the movement.” (Doody’s, 25 January 2013)
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Product Details

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Foreword by Dr Jacques Rogge xi

Foreword by Sir Philip Craven xiii

Preface xv

Part 1 Introduction

1 Introduction to the Paralympic Movement 3
Sean Tweedy and P. David Howe

Part 2 Paralympic Sport Science

2 Biomechanics 33
Ian Rice, Florentina J. Hettinga, Justin Laferrier, Michelle L. Sporner, Christine M. Heiner, Brendan Burkett and Rory A. Cooper

3 Physiology 51
Yagesh Bhambhani

4 Medicine 74
Stuart Willick and Nick Webborn

5 Philosophy 89
Steven D. Edwards and Mike J. McNamee

6 Sociology 102
P. David Howe

7 Psychology 116
Jeffrey J. Martin and Garry Wheeler

Part 3 Exercise Testing and Prescription

8 Aerobic and anaerobic power 137
Yeshayahu "Shayke" Hutzler, Yoav Meckel and Judith Berzen

9 Strength training 156
Marco Cardinale and Lee Romer

10 Nutrition, body composition and pharmacology 172
Peter Van de Vliet, Elizabeth Broad and Matthias Strupler

11 Mental preparation 198
Dietmar Martin Samulski, Franco Noce and Varley Teoldo da Costa

Part 4 Best Practices

12 Preparation for the Paralympic Summer Games: heat, humidity, pollution 217
Marco Túlio de Mello, Sílvio de Araújo Fernandes Jr, Andressa da Silva, Luiz Oswaldo Carneiro Rodrigues, Emilson Colantonio, Marcos Gonçalves de Santana and Sergio Tufik

13 Preparation for the Paralympic Winter Games: cold, altitude 231
Marco Bernardi and Federico Schena

14 Contribution of sport science to performance—wheelchair rugby 249
Laurie A. Malone, Natalia Morgulec-Adamowicz and Kevin Orr

15 Contribution of sport science to performance—swimming 264
Brendan Burkett

Index 283

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