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Conditioning for figure skating : off-ice techniques for on-ice performance
Poe, Carl M.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Contemporary Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiii, 185 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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GV850.4 .P64 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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To be the best on the rink, skaters must spend endless hours strengthening and conditioning their bodies off the ice to build strength for the rigors of their performances. Illustrative and technical, yet user-friendly, Conditioning for Figure Skating provides detailed coverage of the physical preparation necessary for Preliminary through Senior-Elite skaters while concentrating on all disciplines of figure skating, including singles, pairs, and ice dance. More than 300 photos illustrate proper warm-up drills, flexibility stretches, cooldown routines, strength training exercises, jump and plyometric training programs, and endurance conditioning exercises for on-ice injury prevention. A periodization plan also helps skaters maximize their training potential.

Author Notes

Carl M. Poe, M.S., C.S.C.S., has designed strength and conditioning programs for figure skaters for the past eleven years. Poe was the off-ice strength and conditioning coach for national and international skaters at the Colorado Springs World Arena and is currently a member of the USFSA Sports Medicine and Science Committee and the PSA Sports Medicine and Science Committee

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 Physical Components of Figure Skatingp. 1
Chapter 2 Warm-Up, Cool-Down, and Flexibility Preparationp. 13
Chapter 3 Strength Training for Figure Skatingp. 35
Chapter 4 Off-Ice Jump Training, Sport Cord Speed Drills, and Balance Trainingp. 61
Chapter 5 Plyometric Training for Figure Skatingp. 75
Chapter 6 Endurance Conditioning for Skatingp. 93
Chapter 7 Testing for Off-Ice and On-Ice Performancep. 131
Chapter 8 Periodization: A Skater's Yearly Planp. 143
Chapter 9 Myths and Truthsp. 165
Notesp. 175
About the Authorp. 177
Indexp. 179