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Developing Power eBook


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    Authored by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Developing Power is the definitive resource for developing athletic power.

    In Developing Power, you’ll find research-based recommendations from the world’s leading experts on power development. Coverage includes the following:
    • Assessment protocols for testing jumps, throws, and ballistic exercises
    • Step-by-step instructions for exercises and drills for upper body, lower body, and total body power
    • Guidance on how to add progressions safely and effectively for continued development
    • Multiple training methods, such as explosive weight training, Olympic lifts, and plyometrics
    • Ready-to-use programs for 12 of the world’s most popular sports, including basketball, rugby, soccer, football (American), volleyball, baseball, track and field, swimming, wrestling, golf, rowing, and winter sports
    Leaving no topic uncovered, Developing Power is the most comprehensive resource dedicated to increasing athletic power. These are the exercises, programs, and protocols being used at the highest levels of sport and performance. With Developing Power, the experts at NSCA are ready to elevate your power.

    Table of Contents


    Part I: Essentials of Power Development
    Chapter 1. Nature of Power
    Chapter 2. Assessment of Power
    Chapter 3. Periodization and Power Integration
    Chapter 4. Power Training for Different Populations

    Part II: Exercises for Power Development
    Chapter 5. Upper Body Power Exercises
    Chapter 6. Lower Body Power Exercises
    Chapter 7. Total Body Power Exercises
    Chapter 8. Advanced Power Techniques

    Part III: Sport-Specific Power Development
    Chapter 9. Team Sport Power Training
    Chapter 10. Individual Sport Power Training

    About the NSCA
    About the Editor
    About the Contributors

    About the Editor

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning. Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science, performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches and athletes. The NSCA provides the crucial link between the lab and the field.


    Mike R. McGuigan, PhD, CSCS,*D, is a professor of strength and conditioning at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand. From 2009 through 2012, he was a sport scientist with High Performance Sport New Zealand, where he worked with many elite athletes. He has worked in a variety of academic roles at universities in Australia and the United States.

    McGuigan is an associate editor for the Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. He was the research and innovation coordinator for the New Zealand Silver Ferns netball team from 2009 to 2015. His research interests are in the areas of strength and power development and monitoring of athletes.

    He was the recipient of the NSCA’s William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year award in 2016, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Editorial Excellence Award in 2010, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 2007.

    McGuigan lives in Auckland, New Zealand.


    "Developing Power is THE definitive guide to the assessment and development of this most important athletic performance quality. It will rapidly become the go-to guide for anyone aiming to improve explosive power in themselves or their athletes."

    —David Joyce, Head of Athletic Performance for the GWS Giants (Australian Football League)

    "Power is a vital component of athletic performance that needs to be cultivated in a total conditioning program. Developing Power is an invaluable resource for doing just that."

    —William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University; Author of Science and Practice of Strength Training