Becoming an effective strength and conditioning practitioner requires the development of a professional skills set and a thorough understanding of the scientific basis of best practice. Aimed at advanced students and novice-to-expert practitioners, in this book the authors explore the latest scientific evidence and apply it to exercise selection and programming choices across the full range of areas in strength and conditioning, from strength and power, speed and agility, to aerobic conditioning. Since the first edition of this text was written extensive research has expanded the supporting evidence base that provides the theoretical foundation for each chapter. In addition, some areas that were previously under-researched have now been expanded and some key concepts have been further challenged. Each chapter is written by experts with experience in a wide variety of sports, including both applied and research experience, ensuring this concise but sophisticated textbook is the perfect bridge from introductory study to effective professional practice.

While advanced concepts are explored within the book, the coach must not forget that consistency in the application of the basic principles of strength and conditioning is the foundation of athletic development. Advanced Strength and Conditioning: An Evidence- based Approach is a valuable resource for all advanced students and practitioners of strength and conditioning and fitness training.

Introduction to the 2nd edition

1. Strength and Conditioning: Coach or Scientist?

Part 1: Developing Your Athlete

2. Developing Muscular Strength and Power

3. Stretch-shortening Cycle and Muscle-tendon Stiffness

4. Understanding and Developing Aerobic Fitness

5. Repeat Sprint Ability: Physiological Basis and Implications for Training

6. Concurrent Training

Part 2: Programming and Monitoring for Your Athlete

7. Periodisation

8. Strategies to Enhance Athlete Recovery

9. Priming Match Day Performance: Strategies for Team Sport Players

10. Fitness Testing and Data Analysis

11. Analysis and Presentation of Fitness Test Results

12. Eccentric Training: Scientific Background and Practical Applications

13. Cluster Sets: Scientific Background and Practical Applications

Part 3: Coaching Your Athlete

14. Movement Screening: A Systematic Approach to Assessing Movement Quality

15. Technical Demands of Strength Training

16. Weightlifting for Sports Performance

17. Plyometric Training

18. Training for Change of Direction and Agility

19. Speed and Acceleration Training

20. Applied Coaching Science

21. Developing as a Coach: Leadership, Culture and Purpose