Aimed at strength and conditioning professionals, as well as serious athletes and coaches across a wide variety of sports, This work covers all aspects of training from sport analysis and athlete evaluation to building speed, power and strength. It examines how theories and practices have evolved into today's state of the art methods for maximising performance. From sport-specific demands to movement skill enhancement, training progressions to optimal performance, rest and regeneration techniques to training programmes, this text covers all the bases in modern functional sports conditioning.
Vern Gambetta is one of the founders of functional training, using performance-oriented conditioning long before it became popular in the 1990's. Regard for his expertise is reflected in the many organisations, teams and elite athletes who have hired him as a conditioning consultant, including Nike, the Chicago Bulls and Monica Seles. He is a widely sought after clinician and speaker, having lectured in Europe, Australia, Canada and Japan.
Part I. Elements of a Training System; Chapter 1. A Functional Conditioning Framework; Chapter 2. Factors Affecting Athletic Movement; Chapter 3. Sport-Specific Demands Analysis; Chapter 4. Options and Methods of Testing; Chapter 5. Strategies for Performance Training; Chapter 6. Program Planning and Fine-Tuning; Part II. Physical Contributors to Performance; Chapter 7. Energy and Work Capacity; Chapter 8. Movement Aptitude and Balance; Chapter 9. The Critical Body Core; Chapter 10. Full-Spectrum Strength; Chapter 11. Integrated Power Training; Chapter 12. Linear and Multidimensional Speed; Chapter 13. Multi-Phase Performance Preparation; Chapter 14. Recovery and Regeneration.