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Strength and Conditioning Journal: August 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 4 - p 74-75
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31817d1ce7



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Mark Kovacs, W. Britt Chandler, and T. Jeff Chandler

Racquet Tech, Vista, CA; ISBN-13: 978-0-9722759-7-2; softcover, 245 pages.

This book covers the why's and how's of tennis training at all levels. The authors have extensive backgrounds in the sport as well as training in general. In the 15 chapters, the authors begin with a good overview of training principles. They progress to specific areas of performance pertaining to tennis. Examples are energy systems, nutrition, flexibility, warm-up, strength training, endurance training, speed and agility training, testing, and periodization.

Some topics, such as flexibility and warm-up, strength training, endurance training, and speed and agility training, each have 2 chapters devoted to them. In one chapter, the authors discuss out the “why” from scientific and empirical evidence whereas in the follow-up chapter they give the “how” in specific activities. This is one of the books best features, along with the nice photos and descriptions of the various exercises and drills. Another good feature is the use of skill levels to recommend the various drills and exercises.

The final chapters bring all the material together with testing, training programs and progressions. Other than the small font on some of the tables in the final chapters, I found the text easy to read. The authors are extremely knowledgeable, and they make extensive use of references. The book is highly recommended for anyone training tennis athletes of any skill level.

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Robert E. McAtee and Jeff Charland

Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL; ISBN-10: 0-7360-6248-3; softcover, 184 pages plus DVD.

This text is divided into 3 sections. The first section has 3 chapters, in which the authors cover stretching basics, facilitated (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching, and the use of spiral-diagonal patterns. Section 2 has 3 chapters in which the authors cover lower-extremity stretching, upper-extremity stretching, and stretching the neck and torso. The third section includes chapters in which the authors delve into combination techniques for tissue release, specific routines for recreational and daily activities, and finally routines for common soft-tissue injuries.

Each section is well organized with clear photos and descriptions. As a sports medical practitioner, I especially liked the chapters on combining techniques and routines for soft-tissue injuries. There is a nice glossary and index along with a minimal reference page. The DVD is well done and illuminates any of the stretching techniques a reader may question.

The book is written in a manner that nonmedicine practitioners can understand and take advantage. I would recommend the text to anyone wanting how to information on the use of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation techniques for their athletes and clients.▪

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Conditioning for Strength and Human Performance

T. Jeff Chandler and Lee E. Brown

Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Baltimore, ISBN-13: 978-0-7817-4594-9, softcover, 488 pages with CD ROM

Drs. Chandler and Brown have enlisted an all-star group of authors to contribute chapters to what is destined to become an industry standard in the field. The group includes such NSCA stalwarts as Jay Hoffman, John Graham, Mike and Meg Stone, Bill Kraemer, Andy Fry, Allen Hedrick, Joey Antonio, Rob Newton, Joe Weir, Steve Plisk, Pat Hagerman, Todd Ellenbecker, John Cissik, Terry Housh, and Britt Chandler, just to provide a partial list.

The text is divided into 4 sections with 6 appendices and an index. Section 1 covers basic science and has chapters covering bioenergetics, cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular, skeletal, and endocrine systems. Biomechanics and nutrition is also covered in Part 1.

Section 2 has chapters on organization and administration of testing, warm-ups, flexibility, resistance exercise techniques, and spotting, along with facility design and administration. The third section chapters cover exercise prescription for sport conditioning, resistance training, aerobics, and plyometric, speed, and agility training. The last section has chapters on special populations, injury prevention and rehab, ergogenic aids, and implement training. Each chapter is well illustrated with colorful tables, graphs, and photos. I especially like the large print and insightful questions that were provided on many pages, along with the CD-ROM, which can be used as a study guide. As one might expect from a text with these authors, each chapter is well referenced.

The book is very reader friendly; yet, a user's guide is provided to aid the reader in getting the most out of each chapter. The chapter on implement training was novel in this type of text yet it reflects the current trend in strongman type training. Practitioners will find the appendices most useful with the sample forms for policies, procedures, standards and guidelines, performance team development, emergency care and planning, along with protective legal documents. The text has a separate instructors guide and is designed as an entry level reference for undergraduate college students. The book is a must for any strength and conditioning professional.



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