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Science and practice of strength training
Zatsiorsky, Vladimir M., 1932-
Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1995]

Physical Description:
xii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV711.5 .Z38 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Shows strength and conditioning professionals and coaches how to use basic scientific principles to improve muscular strength in their athletes.

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This book, for the athlete or coach developing strength programs, is written by a former leader in developing and researching the USSR weight lifting and strength programs. He states up front that he is biased in using many of the techniques and examples of the former Eastern European systems. However, because those athletes have been the world and Olympic champions for the past 20 years, this seems entirely logical. Zatsiorsky makes heavy use of figures to explain and reinforce his points. In addition, short sections within the text, marked with "bullets," are used in the same manner. This technique appears very worthwhile as it easily leads the reader to the author's conclusions in areas that are sometimes confusing. The figures are appropriately well referenced because there are few references in the remainder of the book, probably its weakest point. The book is divided into two major sections: the first discusses the physiology of muscle and changes due to training: the second details training methods. The book's strong point is the second part, which treats intensity, periodization, and detailed exercises for injury prevention and specific sports. (The chapter on periodization is particularly well done, explaining an often misunderstood concept.) A useful addition to strength training library collections. Professional; two-year technical program students. R. L. Jensen; Northern Michigan University

Table of Contents

Part I Basis of Strength Conditioning
Chapter 1 Basic Concepts of Training Theory
Adaptation As a Main Law of Training
Generalized Theories of Training
Training Effects
Chapter 2 Task-Specific Strength
Elements of Strength
Determining Factors: Comparison Across Tasks
Chapter 3 Athlete-Specific Strength
Muscle Force Potential (Peripheral) Factors
Neural (Central) Factors
Taxonomy of Strength
Part II Methods of Strength Conditioning
Chapter 4 Training Intensity
Measurement Techniques
Exercising With Different Resistance
Training Intensity of Elite Athletes
Optimal Training Intensities From Comparative Research
Methods of Strength Training
Chapter 5 Timing in Strength Training
Structural Units of Training
Short-Term Planning
Medium-Term Planning (Periodization)
Chapter 6 Strength Exercises
Exercise Selection for Beginning Athletes
Exercise Selection for Qualified Athletes
Additional Types of Strength Exercises
Experimental Methods of Strength Training
Breathing During Strength Exercises
Chapter 7 Injury Prevention
Training Rules to Avoid Injury
Biomechanical Properties of Intervertebral Discs
Mechanical Load Affecting the Intervertebral Discs
Injury Prevention to the Lumbar Region
Chapter 8 Goal-Specific Strength Training
Strength Performance
Power Performance
Muscle Mass
Endurance Performance
Injury Prevention
Part III Training of Specific Populations
Chapter 9 Strength Training for Women
The Female Athlete's Need for Strength Training
Benefits and Myths of Strength Training for Women
Trainable Characteristics of Muscle
Physiological Contrasts Between Women and Men
Strength Training Guidelines for Women Athletes
Incidence of Injuries
Menstrual Cycle and Strength Training
The Female Athlete Triad
Chapter 10 Strength Training for Young Athlete
Safety and Strength Training for Young Athletes
When to Start
Benefits of Strength Training for Young Athletes
Myths of Strength Training for Children
Strength Training Guidelines for Young Athletes
Chapter 11 Strength Training for Senior Athletes
Age and Its Effects on Strength and Power
Training for Strength Gains
Training for Muscular Power
Nutrition, Aging, and Exercise Challenges
Recovery From Resistance Exercise
Strength Training and Bone Health
Strength Training Guidelines for Senior Athletes