Author(s): Donald A. Chu
This is the definitive guide for designing plyometric programmes. Plyometrics, also known as jump training, are a group of exercises based on the principle of having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the intention of increasing both strength and power. Plyometric training has become an important element in most sport conditioning programmes over the past two decades. But many athletes are still doing it wrong and getting injured or getting far less than they should from their training. Plyometrics presents only the best science-based and tested exercises and programmes to ensure optimal power with minimal risk of injury. This comprehensive guide also includes sport-specific power training regimes for basketball, soccer, football, rugby and volleyball, and shows how to integrate those plans into a total athlete development programme.
Donald A. Chu pioneered research-supported plyometric training in the Western hemisphere and is credited with bringing plyometric training to the attention of coaches, athletes and fellow professionals in sport. Gregory D. Myer is currently the Director of Research and The Human Performance Laboratory for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Part I. Knowledge; Chapter 1. Muscular Actions, Sport Performance, and Plyometrics; Chapter 3. Anatomy and Physiology of Plyometrics; Part II. Considerations; Chapter 4. Plyometric Training and Young Athletes; Chapter 5. Plyometric Training in Injury Rehabilitation; Part III. Applications; Chapter 7. Strength and Power Assessment for Plyometric Training; Chapter 9. Essential Plyometric Exercises; Chapter 11. Sport-Specific Plyometric Training Programmes.