Strength and power—which provide the ability to move quickly with great force—are absolute necessities for today’s athletes. Elite players, coaches, and trainers rely on plyometrics to improve quickness, speed, jumping ability, footwork, body control, balance, and overall performance. With this authoritative guide on plyometrics, you can, too.
In Plyometrics, Donald Chu and Gregory Myer present only the best science-based and tested drills, exercises, and programs to ensure optimal performance results for every athlete at any level in any sport. You’ll also find the latest research, application, and recommendations for the prevention, screening, and rehabilitation of injuries as well as targeted training for young athletes and female athletes.
Plyometrics provides instruction on assessment, selection, and sequencing of exercises for building the ideal program based on individual needs and goals. You’ll also find nine sport-specific training regimens, including basketball, soccer, football, rugby, volleyball, and mixed martial arts.
With comprehensive coverage and expert insights, Chu and Myer take the guesswork out of training and provide the best tool for achieving dynamic strength and explosive power. It is the ultimate resource for maximizing athletic performance.
Table of Contents
Part I Knowledge
Chapter 1 Muscular Actions, Sport Performance, and PlyometricTraining
Chapter 2 Anatomy and Physiology of Plyometrics
Chapter 3 How Plyometrics Works
Part II Considerations
Chapter 4 Plyometric Training and Young Athletes
Chapter 5 Plyometric and Neuromuscular Training for Female Athletes
Chapter 6 Plyometric Training for Injury Rehabilitation
Part III Applications
Chapter 7 Strength and Power Assessment for Plyometric Training
Chapter 8 Introduction of a Plyometric Training Program
Chapter 9 Essential Plyometric Exercises
Chapter 10 Plyometric Training in a Comprehensive Conditioning Program
Chapter 11 Sport-Specific Plyometric Training Programs
"This is the definitive guide for designing plyometric programs for individuals with different needs, goals, and abilities. From injury prevention to rehabilitation, this book is exceptional."
Avery Faigenbaum-- Leading Author and Researcher, Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science, College of New Jersey
"Don Chu and excellence in plyometric training are synonymous."
Al Vermeil-- NSCA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Strength Coaches Hall of Fame, Seven-Time World Champion Strength and Conditioning Coach
ExcerptsBest Warm-Up Drills
Determining the Proper Height for a Depth Jump
Volume and Recovery Guidelines for Young Athletes