Saturday, January 10, 2009

Strength Training for Soccer or The Activist Cancer Patient

Strength Training for Soccer

Author: Ralf Meier

One false step and a grimace of pain gives the game away. Muscle tears, tendon and joint injuries belong to soccer like studs to soccer shoes. Many of these injuries are preventable, in particular by better preparation of the leg muscles. A soccer player's muscles must be strong enough to withstand a game that includes short sprints, sudden stops and scissor movements, which push the knees and surrounding areas to the limit. Functional strength training prepares the muscles specifically for these demands. Match-fit muscles not only make you a better player, they are also the best way of protecting tendons and joints. "Strength Training for Soccer" shows exercises to train the soccer player's most important muscles presented in an easily understandable form. There are also exercises to improve flexibility and joint mobility.

Table of Contents:
Athleticism in Soccer     8
Problem Areas     11
Achilles Tendons     12
The Muscles     14
Squats     17
Execution     18
In Focus...     20
Performance Improvement     22
Boost Your Game     26
The Recovery Factor     28
Active or Passive     29
In Focus...     32
Optimal Training - Fewer Injuries     34
Imbalances     37
Correcting Imbalances     39
Goal Setting     39
Starting Out is Easy     40
Training Programs     41
Variety     43
In Focus...     44
Short Program to Do at Home     46
Maximal Strength Test     49
The Short Program     50
Warming Up     51
The Exercises     52
Overview of the Short Program     64
Strength Training in the Gym     66
Muscle Training for Soccer Players     68
The Exercises     69
The Programs     94
Range of Movement     97
Beginner's Program     98
Muscle BuildingTraining     100
Maximal Strength Training     104
Recovery Training     106
In Focus...     108
Muscle Nutrition     110
Super-food for Muscles     113
Carbohydrates     114
Eating right     117
Protein - the Building Block     120
Totally Fat-free?     122
A Couple of Beers After the Game     123
In Focus...     124
Photo Credits     126

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The Activist Cancer Patient: How to Take Charge of Your Treatment

Author: Beverly Zakarian

Improve Your Odds of Surviving Cancer

Cancer survivor Beverly Zakarian knows firsthand that you can improve your odds of surviving cancer if you take an active role in your treatment. Now, you too can discover the benefits of taking charge. After all, you and your disease are unique, and so is your path to good health. Even the most caring of doctors needs your help to determine which treatment is best for you.

With this inspiring, practical book, Beverly Zakarian gives you step-by-step guidelines that will empower you to work with your doctor and within the medical system to find the most effective treatment options. Armed with the resources in this book, you'll be able to use activist techniques to:

  • Talk intelligently with your physician and make informed decisions
  • Research state-of-the-art treatments
  • Understand how drug trials actually work
  • Discover what "experimental treatment" really means
  • Search out relevant medical journals and access reliable databases
  • Enlist the help of medical specialists and support groups

Library Journal

Zakarian, a cancer survivor and executive director of Cancer Patients Action Alliance (CAN-ACT), a nonprofit advocacy group, writes movingly about her own experience with cancer and her difficulties in receiving appropriate therapy. Her book teaches advocacy skills, empowering patients to insist on needed care through communication, understanding, and knowledge of the medical system. Zakarian also identifies resources for state-of-the-art information and clinical trials, explaining how such trials work and delineating the risks involved with unproven drugs. Zakarian gives tips on acquiring "orphan" or foreign drugs, advises on what to do if treatment is denied by a patient's HMO, and defines and encourages the use of social and emotional support groups. An essential purchase for healthcare collections.-Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fl.

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