Monday, December 29, 2008

Strength Training for Young Athletes or Health

Strength Training for Young Athletes

Author: William J Kraemer

Young superstar athletes have dispelled long-standing misconceptions that strength development should start in the late teens. But much discussion has continued regarding what type of training is most beneficial.

Strength Training for Young Athletes provides all the answers as the authoritative guide to strength development for 7- to 18-year-old athletes. World-renowned strength and conditioning experts William Kraemer and Steven Fleck present the latest facts on the effects of strength training on growth, development, and performance. The authors then make recommendations relative to starting age, choice of exercises, frequency of training, rate of progression, and philosophical aspects of program design.

Learn how to individualize the age-appropriate sample training programs provided, based on the athlete's physical, psychological, and emotional maturity as well as the demands of the sport. Such carefully designed programs not only improve athletic performance and prepare young athletes for higher competitive levels, but they also help to decrease the incidence of injury along the way.

Strength Training for Young Athletes is the most complete and credible resource for developing the muscular foundation for athletic success.

About the Author:

William J. Kraemer is a professor in the department of kinesiology working in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He also is a professor in the department of physiology and neurobiology and a professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Dr. Kraemer held multiple appointments at Pennsylvania State University, where he was professor of applied physiology, director of research in the Center for Sports Medicine, associate director of the Center for Cell Research, and faculty member in the kinesiology department and the Noll Physiological Research Center.

Kraemer had served on the Sports Medicine Committee for the United States Weightlifting Federation and on the Sport Science and Technology Committee for the United States Olympic Committee. He received the National Strength and Conditioning Association Lifetime Achievement Award for bringing science into the development of strength and conditioning programs.

He is editor in chief of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, an associate editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Physiology. A former junior high and college coach, Kraemer has coauthored many books and articles on strength training for athletes.

Steven J. Fleck is chair of the sport science department at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Previously, he headed the physical conditioning program of the U.S. Olympic Committee; served as strength coach for the German Volleyball Association; and coached high school track, basketball, and football.

An internationally known expert on strength and anaerobic training, Fleck was a vice president of basic and applied research for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He was honored in 1991 as the NSCA Sport Scientist of the Year.

Fleck has authored many books and numerous articles on strength training and physical conditioning. He is also a columnist for Muscular Development.

American Swimming Coaches Association

This is one of the most useful new books on the market for the age group swimming coach. It provides the one thing missing in most texts of this type...the specific exercises need to improve the muscle groups for the specific sports, including swimming....Any age group coach will be able to build a scientifically correct dryland program from this book....This book by Kraemer and Fleck is a very valuable addition to any swim coaches library.....Congrats to Kraemer, Fleck and Human Kinetics for this contribution.

What People Are Saying

Robert Jursnick
In Strength Training for Young Athletes, Dr. Kraemer and Dr. Fleck teach how to develop a safe, effective program, addressing the physical and psychological maturation of each individual. This book should be required reading for anyone training young athletes.
Executive director, National Strength and Conditioning Association

Lyle J. Micheli
Strength training for children and adolescents has been controversial. Recent scientific studies have demonstrated that youngsters do indeed increase their strength with resistance training and that this can be done safely and effectively with a properly designed and supervised program of training....What exercises, how much weight, and with what equipment? This book answers all these questions and more. This is a practical, clearly written manual which describes specifically how to institute and supervise a strength training program for young athletes. I can recommend it without hesitation to any coach or parent.
— Lyle J. Micheli, MD Director, Division of Sports Medicine Children's Hospital Boston

Charles T. Kuntzleman
This book is filled with solid ideas on how to establish a quality strength training program for young athletes. The basic guidelines for resistance exercise progression in children are outstanding, as are the training regimens for specific sports. Thanks to Kraemer and Fleck, coaches, physical education teachers, and physical directors are now able to say with confidence: Young athletes can and should train with weights. if you have any doubts, read this book!
— Charles T. Kuntzleman, EdD Director, Fitness for Youth Department of Kinesiology, University of Michigan

Michael Clark
Kraemer and Fleck have combined to write the most complete and up-to-date book about training the young athlete....I highly recommend Strength Training for Young Athletes to parents and anyone who is interested in training young athletes.
— Michael Clark, CSCS Strength Coach Texas A&M University

Mike Nitka
I know first-hand that a successful young athlete has a well rounded training program that includes strength training. An ideal resource for those who want to get it right, Strength Training for Young Athletes will help you design a program that will prepare your athletes for their next level of performance
Director of strength and conditioning, Muskego High School Former Vice President, National Strength and Conditioning Association

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Health: The Basics

Author: Rebecca J Donatell


The Eighth Edition of Donatelle’s text provides students with the tools they need to make healthy, lifelong behavior changes and become savvy consumers of health information. This current and user-friendly text holds students’ interest by covering health topics of primary concern to them. Promoting Healthy Behavior Change; Psychosocial Health: Being Mentally, Emotionally, Socially, and Spiritually Well; Managing Stress: Coping with Life's Challenges; Violence and Abuse: Creating Healthy Environments; Healthy Relationships and Sexuality: Making Commitments; Birth Control, Pregnancy, and Childbirth: Managing Your Fertility; Licit and Illicit Drugs: Use, Misuse, and Abuse; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Caffeine: Daily Pleasure, Daily Challenges; Nutrition: Eating for Optimum Health; Managing Your Weight: Finding a Healthy Balance; Personal Fitness: Improving Health through Exercise; Cardiovascular Disease: Reducing Your Risk; Cancer: Reducing Your Risk; Infectious and Noninfectious Conditions: Risks and Responsibilities; Life's Transitions: The Aging Process; Environmental Health: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally; Consumerism: Selecting Health Care Products and Services; Complementary and Alternative Medicine: New Choices and Responsibilities for Healthwise Consumers For all readers interested in making healthy,lifelong behavior changes.   .


New edition of a college textbook which presents a general overview of health issues, intended to assist students in making informed health decisions. Topics include creating healthy and caring relationships; avoiding or overcoming harmful habits; and preventing and fighting disease. Specific health problems addressed include stress, sexually transmitted diseases, and fitness. The publisher reports that this text will not be available by itself once the CD-ROM is published and they're marketed as a package. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Table of Contents:
Ch. 1Promoting Healthy Behavior1
Ch. 2Psychosocial Health: Achieving Mental, Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Wellness25
Ch. 3Managing Stress: Toward Prevention and Control48
Ch. 4Violence and Abuse: Societal Challenges66
Ch. 5Healthy Relationships and Sexuality: Making Commitments84
Ch. 6Birth Control, Pregnancy, and Childbirth: Managing Your Fertility117
Ch. 7Nutrition: Eating for Optimum Health148
Ch. 8Managing Your Weight: Finding a Healthy Balance179
Ch. 9Personal Fitness: Improving Your Health Through Exercise204
Ch. 10Licit and Illicit Drug Use: Understanding Addictions226
Ch. 11Alcohol, Tobacco, and Caffeine: Unacknowledged Addictions256
Ch. 12Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Reducing Your Risks286
Ch. 13Infectious and Noninfectious Conditions: Risks and Responsibilities318
Ch. 14Life's Transitions: The Aging Process355
Ch. 15Environmental Health: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally381
Ch. 16Consumerism: Selecting Health-Care Products and Services400

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