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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jessica Jo Groth, MA (Central College)
Description: This book examines the scientific aspects of resistance training and sports conditioning.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide scientific research and information to show how different parameters affect sport performance.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for a wide audience and is intended to challenge the postgraduate audience while still being useful for coaches. Unfortunately, the book does not achieve their goal of being "coach-friendly" as well as it could have because of the in-depth treatment of some of the topics.
Features: This book covers the scientific aspects of strength and conditioning for athletes, including everything from biomechanics to application. It uses charts and graphs to help visually explain the research as well as a very lengthy, chapter by chapter, list of references. One shortcoming is the absence of actual lifts and conditioning drills.
Assessment: This is a helpful book for coursework and can certainly be used as a scientific resource. However, there is little information related to practical application. It is written at a higher level than the book developed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Essentials of Strength and Conditioning, 2nd edition, Baechle and Earle (Human Kinetics, 2000), and does not provide all of the necessary material to make it a resource on its own for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam.