After 40 years in football management, there's not a lot I haven't seen. Being a manager has never been easy, but between the fans and the media it often feels impossible to get it right. For one, managers used to drive up and down motorways all day to scout for players - now there's so much analysis and global scouting.
Endurance runners and coaches have tended to neglect weight training and conditioning techniques, often in the belief that they don't benefit performance, add unwanted muscle bulk, or cause excessive soreness. This book shows how a strength and conditioning programme can directly improve running performance and reduce the risk of injury.
Emphasises practical theory and shows how readers can incorporate the basic skills of sport and exercise psychology into practice in three key professional areas: PE teaching and coaching, exercise instruction and fitness leadership, and sports medicine and rehabilitation.
Reflecting on the nature and aims of scientific enquiry in the fields of exercise, health and sport, this book addresses the underlying assumptions of what shape scientific enquiries ought to take in these disciplines. It raises questions such as: Do natural and social scientists need to understand philosophy of science? Are statistics misused?
The All Blacks are the world's most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years. What is the secret of their success? And what can we - as individuals, companies and teams - learn from them?
Intended for undergraduates on various education and sport related degree courses, this book covers the issues in the field of sociology of sport and physical education. It covers the importance of sport in culture, its theoretical background, and methodological issues in research. It discusses gender, race and ethnicity, class, and equality.
Suitable for second and third year sport psychology students, this book reviews the literature and terminology in key topic areas. It reflects the important and active areas of research in sport psychology, including motivational orientations, self confidence, coaching effectiveness, flow in sport, and sport injury.
One night in 1974, Philippe Petit secretly - and illegally - rigged a tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. At daybreak, he gave the high-wire performance of all time, making eight crossings over the course of an hour. This memoir tells the story of how he conspired, connived, improvised, and insisted his way to this coup.
Offers an exploration of athletic success. This book shows why some skills that we imagine are innate are not - like the bullet-fast reactions of a baseball player - and why other characteristics that we assume are entirely voluntary, like the motivation to practice, might in fact have important genetic components.
This book is designed to advance both theory and practice in the psychological preparation of high-level sports performers. The authors integrate the relevant qualitative and quantitative research literatures with practical knowledge gained via their own personal experience of working with elite athletes.
Focusing on sport and exercise psychology, this book provides a thorough introduction to key concepts in the field and draws connections between research and practice and captures the dynamism of sport and exercise.
Brings together evidence-based knowledge from different fields. This book offers the health professional practical and evidenced-based strategies to facilitate adherence to prescribed physical activity or therapeutic exercise needed to achieve durable results in the preventative and therapeutic health care of ageing populations.
Examining the sport and image of female body building as a metaphor for how women fare in the current political and cultural climate, this text draws on contemporary feminist and cultural theory. It reveals how female bodybuilders find themselves both trapped and empowered by their sport.
Social Psychology in Sport and Exercise applies theory to real-life sport and exercise contexts. Examining key research from social psychology, this unique book helps you to understand the behaviour of athletes and exercisers. With a wealth of examples and case studies, the authors show you how to devise practical solutions to real problems.
By participating in the everyday life of fitness professionals, gym-goers and bodybuilders, The Global Gym explores fitness centres as sites of learning. The authors consider how physical, psychological and cultural knowledge about health and the body is incorporated into people's identity in a local and global gym and fitness context.
This book, now in paperback, provides a sociological perspective on fitness culture as developed in commercial gyms, investigating the cultural relevance of gyms in terms of the history of the commercialization of body discipline, the negotiation of gender identities and distinction dynamics within contemporary cultures of consumption.
". raises serious and urgent questions about the relationship between sport and the configurations of power in contemporary British society, and represents an overdue and welcome intervention in the field. " Stuart Hall ". richly detailed with masses of examples of what sport is and has been in our past. " City Limits.
Focuses on the exercise and mental health relationship. This text draws from over 700 articles including approximately 250 empirical studies. It includes specific exercise 'Prescription Guidelines' for preventing or treating depression anxiety poor self-concept and more.
Aims to bridge the gap between research and practice in contemporary sport psychology. This book draws together reviews of research in key areas of applied sport psychology, assesses the implications of this research for practice, and explores future avenues of research within each thematic area.
Integrates basic medical concepts and related scientific information to provide a strong foundation of general athletic training practices. This title features a chapter on Psychosocial Intervention Strategies.
Helps you become fitter and stronger, achieve your goals and enjoy exercise, with proven, expert techniques. This title is full of practical tips that can improve your performance whatever your sport or level of fitness, relieve stress and reduce anxiety about life's challenges, and make exercise a habit and feel better all round.
Providing a new philosophical understanding of sport, which defines what sport essentially is and means by setting out a complete grammar of sport, treating in turn its essential elements, A Philosophy of Sport will inform, surprise and delight those who have always thought sport should be taken more seriously.
It is common for researchers in sport to make reference to Foucault or Foucauldian theory. This text offers an overview of work in this area, and explores the potential of Foucauldian theory to inform the study of sport, fitness and physical activity.
The author explores the psychosocial effects of and human community structure fostered by the CrossFit strength and conditioning exercise program by relating individuals' stories of involvement with CrossFit physical fitness communities as well as her husband's and her own experiences transforming her husband's gym into a CrossFit training center.
This personal account describes how the Hillsborough disaster unfolded; provides an insight into what was happening at South Yorkshire Police headquarters in the aftermath; and gives an objective and compassionate account of the bereaved families' long struggle for justice.
For the practicing sports medicine physician at the front line of sports cardiology, this comprehensive and authoritative resource provides a centralized source of information which addresses this important topic in an accessible manner.
Offers a comprehensive socio-cultural and historical analysis of the fitness culture. This title conceptualizes fitness as a field within which individuals and institutions may negotiate - if not altogether reconcile - the competing and often conflicting social demands made on the individual body that characterize our era.