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52-week football training
Cook, Ben, 1945-2015.
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Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 245 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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GV953.5 .C66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
GV953.5 .C66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Whether you're a coach looking for a proven training plan or a serious player wanting to excel, 52-Week Football Training provides the conditioning plan you need to maximize football-specific physical development and motivation. Players can gain the perfect balance of power, speed, and agility by implementing this proven in-season and off-season training plan.

Daily workouts are presented for each week of the year and include resistance training, total conditioning exercises, and position-specific activities. Included are a full menu of on-field and off-field drills and exercises to develop flexibility, strength, power, speed, and agility.

The training plan conforms well to both high school and college calendars and organizes workouts into six sequential phases:

- Postseason
- Winter
- Spring
- Early summer
- Preseason
- In-season

Conditioning coach Ben Cook, who has worked with 27 players that went on to the NFL, includes more than 160 photos showing correct technique and nearly 200 exercises and drills. 52-Week Football Training will help get any team and player ready to excel on every down.

Author Notes

From 1990 to 1994, Ben Cook was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of North Carolina (UNC) football team, where his assistance helped 27 players reach the NFL. He is currently the strength coach for the Tarheel basketball team, one of the nation's top programs.

Cook holds a master's degree in exercise and sport science from UNC and is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In addition to his coaching duties, Cook teaches strength and conditioning to students who are working toward becoming teacher-coaches themselves. Cook lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Part I Six Phases of Year-Round Football Conditioning
Chapter 1 Phase 1: Postseason Workouts
Chapter 2 Phase 2: Winter Workouts
Chapter 3 Phase 3: Spring Workouts
Chapter 4 Phase 4: Early Summer Workouts
Chapter 5 Phase 5: Preseason Workouts
Chapter 6 Phase 6: In-season Workouts
Part II Exercises and Drills
Chapter 7 Flexibility Exercises
Chapter 8 Strength Exercises
Chapter 9 Running Drills
Chapter 10 Speed and Power Drills
Chapter 11 Football-Specific Agility Drills