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    Within the domain of sport, the application of science is more apparent than ever before. Not only are universities and academic institutions scientifically investigating sport as one element of human performance, but professional teams, sporting organizations, and private training companies are embracing approaches that use scientific principles to help their athletes and teams gain a competitive edge in sporting competition.

    The potential for applying science to sport training and sport performance is vast. There is a demand for sport scientists who can collect and convert data into valuable information—information that drives decision making and directly influences performance outcomes. To address this growing need, the world-renowned National Strength and Conditioning Association developed the Certified Performance and Sport Scientist (CPSS) certification, along with the must-have reference for anyone in the field.

    NSCA’s Essentials of Sport Science features contributions from 52 globally recognized experts and thought leaders from the field of sport science. It is the only resource to go beyond sport science’s foundations—physiology, biochemistry, biomechanics, nutrition, and skill acquisition—to address the use of statistics and broader fields of data science, analytics, and technology management. Readers will explore every aspect of the sport scientist’s role: understanding training theory, performing needs analyses, conducting athlete monitoring and assessment, managing data and analytics, and educating and disseminating information. The integration of these technical skills will guide sport scientists in drawing conclusions that can be used to manipulate training methods and shape competition strategies for the betterment of athletes’ health, well-being, and performance.

    NSCA’s Essentials of Sport Science offers a holistic overview of the technical expertise, skills, and knowledge required to operate effectively as a modern-day sport scientist. Further, it will help prepare candidates for the NSCA’s CPSS certification exam and aid all sport scientists in acquiring and using the best available evidence—at the right time, in the right environment, and for the right individual—to maximize their performance.


    Primary preparation resource for NSCA’s Certified Performance and Sport Scientist (CPSS) certification exam; reference for sport scientists and professionals working in sport performance.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword: Reflections on Sport Science
    Michael H. Stone, PhD, and William J. Kraemer, PhD

    Part I. Training Theory and Process

    Chapter 1. Performance Dimensions
    Nick Winkelman, PhD, and Darcy Norman, PT
    Chapter 2. Training Load Model
    Stuart Cormack, PhD, and Aaron J. Coutts, PhD
    Chapter 3. Periodization and Programming for Individual Sports
    G. Gregory Haff, PhD
    Chapter 4. Periodization and Programming for Team Sports
    Martin Buchheit, PhD, and Paul Laursen, PhD

    Part II. Needs Analysis

    Chapter 5. Key Performance Indicators
    Marco Cardinale, PhD
    Chapter 6. Profiling and Benchmarking
    Mike McGuigan, PhD

    Part III. Technology and Data Preparation

    Chapter 7. Technological Implementation
    Lorena Torres Ronda, PhD
    Chapter 8. Data Hygiene
    Matthew Varley, PhD, Ric Lovell, PhD, and David Carey, MSc

    Part IV. External and Internal Load Data Collection

    Chapter 9. Characteristics of Tracking Systems and Load Monitoring
    Jo Clubb, MSc, and Andrew M. Murray, MSc
    Chapter 10. Analysis of Tracking Systems and Load Monitoring
    Andrew M. Murray, MSc, and Jo Clubb, MSc
    Chapter 11. Kinematics and Gait Analysis
    Enda King, PhD, and Chris Richter, PhD
    Chapter 12. Kinetics and Force Plates
    Daniel Cohen, PhD, and Cory Kennedy, MSc
    Chapter 13. Strength Tracking and Analysis
    Jean-Benoît Morin, PhD, and Pierre Samozino, PhD
    Chapter 14. Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability
    Joel Jamieson
    Chapter 15. Electroencephalography and Electroneuromyography
    Roman Fomin, PhD, and Cassandra C. Collins, BS
    Chapter 16. Biomarkers for Health and Performance
    Xavier Schelling i del Alcázar, PhD, Julio Calleja-González, PhD, and Nicolás Terrados, PhD
    Chapter 17. Perception of Effort and Subjective Monitoring
    Shaun J. McLaren, PhD, Aaron Coutts, PhD, and Franco M. Impellizzeri, PhD

    Part V. Data Analysis and Delivery

    Chapter 18. Statistical Modeling
    Mladen Jovanović, PhD, Lorena Torres Ronda, PhD, and Duncan French, PhD
    Chapter 19. Injury Risk Model
    Johann Windt, PhD, and Tim Gabbett, BHSc (Hons), PhD
    Chapter 20. Data Mining and Nonlinear Data Analysis
    Sam Robertson, PhD
    Chapter 21. Data Delivery and Reporting
    Tyler A. Bosch, PhD, and Jacqueline Tran, PhD
    Chapter 22. Performance Interventions and Operationalizing Data
    Clive Brewer, BSc (Hons), MSc

    Part VI. Special Topics

    Chapter 23. Recovery and Sleep
    Jessica M. Stephens, PhD, and Shona L. Halson, PhD
    Chapter 24. Fueling and Nutrition
    Louise M. Burke, PhD, and Eric S. Rawson, PhD
    Chapter 25. Environmental Stress
    Yasuki Sekiguchi, MS, Courteney L. Benjamin, MS, and Douglas J. Casa, PhD
    Chapter 26. Psychobiology: Flow State as a Countermeasure to Mental Fatigue
    Chris P. Bertram, PhD
    Chapter 27. Neuroscience Approach to Performance
    Roman Fomin, PhD, and Cassandra C. Collins, BS
    Chapter 28. Motor Performance
    Gabriele Wulf, PhD
    Chapter 29. Sport Science of Injury
    David Joyce, BPhty (Hons), MPhty (Sports), MSc, and Kay Robinson, BSc (Hons)

    Part VII. Education and Communication

    Chapter 30. Interdisciplinary Support
    Duncan N. French, PhD
    Chapter 31. Information Dissemination
    Yann Le Meur, PhD


    Founded in 1978, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning and related sport science professions around the world. The NSCA exists to empower a community of professionals to maximize their impact through disseminating evidence-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, networking opportunities, and continuing education. The NSCA community is composed of more than 60,000 members and certified professionals throughout the world who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength and conditioning coaches, performance and sport scientists, personal trainers, tactical professionals, and other related roles.

    Duncan N. French, PhD, is the vice president of performance at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Performance Institute and has more than 20 years of experience working with elite professional and Olympic athletes. Prior to joining the UFC, French was the director of performance sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a technical lead for strength and conditioning at the English Institute of Sport.

    French has worked three Olympic cycles as the national lead for strength and conditioning to Great Britain’s basketball and, more recently, taekwondo Olympic programs. He earned his PhD from the University of Connecticut in 2004 and has authored or coauthored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts. He is a fully accredited strength and conditioning coach with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). French is a former chairman of the UKSCA and received an honorary fellowship in 2014 for his services to the strength and conditioning industry. French holds academic honorary fellowships with Australia Catholic University in Melbourne Australia and Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

    Lorena Torres Ronda, PhD, is the sport scientist coordinator at the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is an adjunct fellow at the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Based in the United States and originally from Spain, Ronda has extensive experience in professional and Olympic sports. Her career has spanned the NBA, NBA G League, F.C. Barcelona (basketball and handball), and the Spanish National Swimming Team. She holds a PhD in sport science, is a strength and conditioning coach, and is passionate about merging science with practical applications. Her research is mainly focused on team sport performance.

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