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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward M. Heath, PhD (Utah State University College of Education & Human Services)
Description: This book is designed to present information on all components of an athlete's training program to enhance performance. The format is extremely inclusive and includes a section on basic exercise physiology, training principles and prescriptions, nutrition, environmental factors, and health concerns. The book is well referenced and the tables and figures are well done and useful.
Purpose: This book is designed for those in the field who are interested in enhancing the performance of all types of athletes. There is an attempt to disseminate research-based information related to improving the training of athletes.
Audience: The book is predominantly targeted at practitioners who have a background in exercise science and are interested in working with athletes. The author is an expert in the field of strength and conditioning and has an interest in the training of athletes.
Features: The most important contribution of the book is the section on training principles and exercise prescription for the athlete. This is where the interest and expertise of the author is most apparent and where the practical information that fulfils the purpose of the book is located. The other sections on the basics of exercise physiology and medical and health conditions related to exercise are presented in a somewhat cursory fashion, but will be valuable for many practitioners. In addition, this book is extremely practical, which will be much appreciated by practitioners in this area.
Assessment: The author has made a valuable contribution in the area of enhancing performance of all types of athletes.