Athletic Body in Balance
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Great athletes make difficult moves look effortless with a combination of skill, strength, and balance. Traditional conditioning builds a fitness base, but modern sports training takes into account athletic movement patterns. Athletic Body in Balance is the first guide of its kind to show you how to train for smooth, fluid movement and prevent muscle imbalances, mobility restrictions, stability problems, and injuries.
Physical therapist and sports conditioning expert Gray Cook has proven the effectiveness of his approach through the performances of athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA, and Reebok® University's sports training system. Cook's methods will help you identify functional weaknesses; correct imbalances; explore your potential; and refine sport-specific movement skills such as jumping, kicking, cutting, and turning. You will see where conditioning is breaking down and how to get your body back on track.
Whereas other books concentrate on maximizing your strengths, Athletic Body in Balance focuses on exposing and overcoming your weaknesses to form a foundation for long-term training gains. Learn how to maintain what you gain and build on your improvements. Make this comprehensive assessment tool your training guide. Prepare and repair your body for ultimate athletic performance with Athletic Body in Balance.
Part I. Athletic Movement
Chapter 1. Mind and Movement
Chapter 2. Identifying Weak Links
Chapter 3. Analyzing Movement
Chapter 4. Developing Resistance to Injury
Part II. Mobility and Stability
Chapter 5. Mobility and Stability Testing
Chapter 6. Balance Training
Chapter 7. Core Training
Part III. Strength and Endurance
Chapter 8. Strength and Endurance Testing
Chapter 9. Movement Imbalance Training
Chapter 10. Strength and Endurance Exercises
Part IV. Power, Speed, and Agility
Chapter 11. Power, Speed, and Agility Testing
Chapter 12. Speed and Quickness Training
Chapter 13. Power, Speed, and Agility Drills
Part V. Performance Programs
Chapter 14. Rotation and Swinging
Chapter 15. Throwing and Striking
Chapter 16. Jumping and Kicking
Chapter 17. Cutting and Turning
Chapter 18. Progress Evaluation