Cross-training for Sports

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Human Kinetics, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 231 pages
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Excelling in a sport today is nearly impossible without top conditioning. Athletes need strength, power, quickness, agility, and flexibility in order to perform at a high level and sustain it in competition--when it really counts.

Cross-Training for Sports is the first book to provide expert guidance on how to add new forms of training to your workouts, how much to add, and when to add them. The best strength exercises and stretches for each sport are illustrated and fully explained, taking the guesswork out of setting up a program.

Coaches and athletes will be able to develop personalized training programs to target areas for improvement, and choose from the best sports and activities to improve aerobic endurance. The authors fully explain the training principles involved in cross-training, and they provide a detailed breakdown of the aerobic and anaerobic needs for each sport.

The book's highlights include the following:

- Detailed strength, flexibility, and endurance advice for 26 sports
- A program matrix summarizing the cross-training options for each sport
- 56 illustrations showing the correct technique for strength and flexibility exercises
- 31 exercises to improve endurance, agility, and balance
- A compatibility matrix that links training benefits with different sport combinations

Veteran authors Moran and McGlynn demonstrate their expertise in exercise physiology and conditioning program design. Yet the material is presented in a highly accessible format that athletes and coaches will be able to grasp quickly and apply successfully.

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Gary Moran is a research, medical, and forensic biomechanist at Davies Medical Center in San Francisco, and he is the president of Biosports, Inc. He has been a coach, lecturer, and researcher in the areas of running, strength training, and cross training for more than 30 years. Not only has he worked with athletes at the high school, college, post-graduate, and professional levels, but he has competed on all levels himself in running, triathlons, weightlifting, and martial arts. He is also a former member of the U.S. Military Pentathlon Team.

Moran received an MA in exercise physiology from San Diego State University in 1971 and a PhD in anatomy and kinesiology from the University of Oregon in 1975. In addition to writing numerous scientific papers on sports medicine and exercise science, he is the coauthor of Getting Stronger and Dynamics of Strength Training, highly acclaimed books on weight training and physical fitness. A fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Moran has served as Director of Research at the Nike Shoe Company, Associate Director of Biomechanics at Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a professor of Biomechanics at the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Moran lives in Alameda, CA, where he continues to compete in running, triathlons, and martial arts. His other interests include reading and traveling.

George H. McGlynn is a professor and chair of the Exercise and Sports Science Department at the University of San Francisco (USF). In addition, he is Director of the USF Human Performance Laboratory and he played a key role in establishing the school's graduate program in Sports Management and Fitness. An exercise physiology professor since 1959, McGlynn has written extensively on the subjects of cardiorespiratory fitness and strength training. He is the author of numerous professional articles and five books, including Dynamics of Fitness (Fifth Edition), which is one of the most popular fitness texts on the market. He also has worked as a fitness consultant for many college and professional athletic teams and for state and local government agencies.

McGlynn received an EdD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966. He was presented the Distinguished Teaching and Research Award by the University of San Francisco in 1989 and is a member of the New York State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. A resident of San Francisco, CA, McGlynn's leisure activities include skiing, cycling, and oil painting.

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