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William Kraemer, Steven Fleck,
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Young superstar athletes have dispelled long-standing misconceptions that strength development should start in the late teens. But much discussion has continued regarding what type of training is most beneficial.
Strength Training for Young Athletes provides all the answers as the authoritative guide to strength development for 7- to 18-year-old athletes. World-renowned strength and conditioning experts William Kraemer and Steven Fleck present the latest facts on the effects of strength training on growth, development, and performance. The authors then make recommendations relative to starting age, choice of exercises, frequency of training, rate of progression, and philosophical aspects of program design.
Learn how to individualize the age-appropriate sample training programs provided, based on the athletes physical, psychological, and emotional maturity as well as the demands of the sport. Such carefully designed programs not only improve athletic performance and prepare young athletes for higher competitive levels, but they also help to decrease the incidence of injury along the way.
Strength Training for Young Athletes is the most complete and credible resource for developing the muscular foundation for athletic success.
William J. Kraemer, PhD, has more than 20 years' experience with both the practical and scientific aspects of resistance training. He is the director of research for the Center for Sports Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University, where he is an associate professor of applied physiology. He has also coached football and wrestling and taught health and physical education at the junior high through university levels.
Dr. Kraemer received his PhD in physiology and biochemistry from the University of Wyoming. He is a past president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has received that organization's presidential and executive director awards for outstanding contributions to the field of strength and conditioning.
Dr. Kraemer is an American College of Sports Medicine fellow and in 1992 was elected to the Board of Trustees for Basic and Applied Science. He is also a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). He serves as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Applied Sport Science Research and is a member of the editorial board for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. He is also a reviewer for the National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal, the International Journal of Sports Medicine, and many other publications.
Steven J. Fleck, PhD, heads the department of sports physiology for the United States Olympic Committee's training center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His work designing resistance programs for national and international caliber athletes makes him an expert in the field of strength and conditioning. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Fleck is a member of NSCA's research committee, the Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist board, and a past vice president for basic and applied research. He has also served as associate editor of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal. In both 1988 and 1990 he received NCSA's President's Award for Outstanding Service, and in 1991 he was recognized as their Sports Scientist of the Year.
Dr. Fleck is an American College of Sports Medicine fellow and the associate editor for the Journal of Applied Sports Science Research.
"In Strength Training for Young Athletes, Dr. Kraemer and Dr. Fleck teach how to develop a safe, effective program, addressing the physical and psychological maturation of each individual. This book should be required reading for anyone training young athletes."
Executive director, National Strength and Conditioning Association
"I know first-hand that a successful young athlete has a well rounded training program that includes strength training. An ideal resource for those who want to get it right, Strength Training for Young Athletes will help you design a program that will prepare your athletes for their next level of performance."
Director of strength and conditioning, Muskego High School
Former Vice President, National Strength and Conditioning Association