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Reach your playing speed potential! As an athlete or coach who knows that faster is better, you'll appreciate the advice offered in Sports Speed.

With all-new techniques and drills to improve your straight-ahead and multidirectional speed, Sports Speed will help you improve your ability to start, stop, change direction, and accelerate, taking your performance to the next ...

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Overview

Reach your playing speed potential! As an athlete or coach who knows that faster is better, you'll appreciate the advice offered in Sports Speed.

With all-new techniques and drills to improve your straight-ahead and multidirectional speed, Sports Speed will help you improve your ability to start, stop, change direction, and accelerate, taking your performance to the next level.

No matter what sport you play or coach, you'll learn all aspects of speed development, including

-tests and assessment,
-strength base building,
-ballistic and plyometric training,
-speed endurance training,
-running technique,
-footwork drills,
-overspeed training, and
-program planning and periodization.

Photo sequences accompanied by detailed descriptions teach all the fine points of technique. Sample speed training programs for basketball, football, baseball, softball, and soccer can be used as they are or modified to meet specific needs. Charts, tables, and worksheets in each chapter help coaches and athletes understand and apply the material.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880116077
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

George B. Dintiman, a professor emeritus of health and physical education at Virginia Commonwealth University, has more than 30 years of experience working on speed improvement with athletes at all levels--from beginners to the pros. The author of 40 books and four videos on speed improvement and health and wellness topics, Dintiman also is cofounder and president of the National Association of Speed and Explosion and an internationally recognized authority on speed improvement for team sports.

A Little All-American running back at Lock Haven University, Dintiman set many rushing and scoring records, several of which remain. He was a draft choice of the NFL Baltimore Colts and the CFL Montreal Alouettes in 1958. He also was a star of Lock Haven's basketball and track teams.

Dintiman received an EdD from the Teachers College of Columbia University in 1964. In 1993 he was an inductee in the Capital Area chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Dintiman has two daughters, one son, and three grandchildren. He lives on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he and his wife, Carol Ann, are avid fitness participants in tennis, running, cycling, kayaking, and weight training.

Bob Ward is a sport scientist who was conditioning coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 1976 to 1989. He is currently director of sports science for Advocare in Dallas. An author, columnist, and lecturer, Ward has coached athletes at all levels, from high school and college to pro and Olympic.

Ward became aware of the need for sports conditioning while competing as an athlete in football and track. In 1954 he was an NAIA All-American fullback at Whitworth College in Spokane,Washington. Today he competes in masters track and field and for USA Weightlifting in his age group.

Ward has coached several Olympic champions and numerous championship football and track teams. During his tenure as coach at Fullerton College, athletes set national records in the high hurdle relay, the discus, and the hammer throw.

Ward has authored other books on sport speed and has lectured extensively on conditioning, track and field, and nutritional support for athletes. He developed a software program--based on many forms of the martial arts--that is currently used in the NFL and at many colleges. Ward also developed a sport martial arts video, Creating Big Plays, with NFL Hall-of-Famer Randy White and world-class martial artist Valentine Espiriceuta.

Ward received a PED from Indiana University in 1973. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ward and his wife, Joyce, enjoy being a part of all aspects of their five grandchildren's growth and development.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Speed Versus Quickness
Speed Improvement Research
Summary


Chapter 1. Assessing Your Speed
Basic Testing Program
Advanced Testing Program
Building Your Program
Sport-Specific Speed


Chapter 2. Seven Steps to Improving Playing Speed
The Seven-Step Model
Training With the Seven Steps
Moving on to the Next Step


Chapter 3. Step 1: Basic Training
General Preparation
Basic Training Sports Check
Organizing Your Basic Training Program
Flexibility Principles
The Cool-Down Period


Chapter 4. Step 2: Strength and Power Training
The Purpose of the Functional Strength Program
Work and Power
Acceleration or Mass?
Work Fast to Be Fast
Inertial Impulse
Olympic Lifts
Sample Power Output Program
Functional Strength Program for the Serious Athlete
Strengthening the Hamstring Muscle Group
Shoulder and Arm Exercises for Throwers
Strengthening the Knee


Chapter 5. Step 3: Ballistics
Maintaining Equilibrium: Flow State
Performance Curve and Skill Notation
Ballistics Training
Escaping and Avoiding the Tight Spots


Chapter 6. Step 4: Plyometrics
How Plyometric Training Works
Frequency, Volume, Intensity, Recovery, and Progression
Plyometric Exercises and Drills


Chapter 7. Step 5: Sport Loading
Weighted Body Suits
Weighted Vests
Harnesses
Parachutes
Uphill Sprinting
Stadium Stairs
Sand Runs
Weighted Sleds
The Diagnostic Power Trainer
When to Use Sport Loading


Chapter 8. Step 6: Sprinting Form and Speed Endurance
Sprinting Mechanics
Sprinting Speed: Stride Length \x\ Stride Frequency
The Stride Cycle
Arm Action
Sharpening Your 40-Yard Dash


Chapter 9. Step 7: Overspeed Training
Training the Neuromuscular System
Guidelines for Overspeed Training
Types of Overspeed Training


Chapter 10. Designing Your Personal Program
The Attack Plan for Your Sport
Preseason Speed Improvement Training
In-Season Speed Improvement Training


Chapter 11. Sports Speed Nutrition by Barry Sears
The Macronutrients
The Dietary Balancing Act
Keeping Insulin and Glucagon in the Right Zone
Proper Hydration for Speed Training
Losing and Gaining Weight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    Great way to get fast

    Sports Speed is a great book for any athlete looking to get faster. It starts you out slow and helps you to analyze yourself to see where your weeknesses are, so that you know where you need to start working. Great book for anyone looking to gain that extra edge on competition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2001

    Great book for any athlete

    This is a great book for improving your speed and quickness in any sport. It starts out with several simple tests to evaluate your current condition. Then it provides several exercises to work on to improve your speed, based on your condition and whatever sport you play. Good stuff!

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