In this modern era of sports, it has been clearly demonstrated that the correct type of training can produce dramatic improvement in the playing speed (start, acceleration, maximum speed, change of direction speed) of athletes in a wide variety of individual and team sports. NASE Essentials of Next-Generation Sports Speed Training, by Dr. George Blough Dintiman, is a comprehensive book that provides the details of these training programs, based on the analysis of over 700 studies, to present research-based, yet reader-friendly, information that coaches and athletes can easily apply. As would be expected, conflicting research findings exist in some areas of this broad content field of speed improvement. In reality, these differences can be due to the selection of subjects (number and composition), study design flaws, or other factors. Nevertheless, data provide the pathway to determining key training programs that favorably impact each phase of a sprint during sports competition.
In addition to research findings, the accumulation of knowledge from strength, conditioning, and speed coaches, track coaches, and elite sprinters, goes beyond helping athletes improve linear or straight-line velocity. It emphasizes the improvement of “playing speed” involving the skills and multidirectional movements performed during competition. No stone has been left unturned in providing coaches and athletes with the practical information that they need to develop an effective speed improvement program for players in various positions in their sport.
NASE Essentials of Next-Generation Sports Speed Training is the definitive resource for any athlete who wants to improve their level of speed. In step-by-step fashion, this compelling book details the key concepts involved in speed development, offers a proven five-step for improving playing speed, and explains how to apply this key information to sports training.
SECTION 1: SPEED DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS
Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Speed Improvement
Chapter 2: Assessment of Speed-Related Factors
SECTION 2: THE FIVE-STEP MODEL FOR IMPROVING PLAYING SPEED
Chapter 3: Five Steps to Improving Playing Speed
Chapter 4: Step #1—General Preparation Training
Chapter 5: Step #2—Form and Technique Training
Chapter 6: Step #3— Strength Training to Increase Ground Reaction Force
Chapter 7: Step #4—Neuromuscular Training (Increasing the Rate of Force Production and the Speed and Distance of Flight)
Chapter 8: Step #5—Sport-Specific Speed Endurance
SECTION 3: PRACTICAL APPLICATION TO SPORT
Chapter 9: Basic Concepts for Multidirectional Training
Chapter 10: Periodization and Program Design
Epilogue: Future Research Needs
What others are saying:
Finally, a work that analyzes the results of hundreds of research studies and still provides reader-friendly information that coaches can apply.
-Anthony Falsone, Athletic Performance Coordinator, San Antonio Spurs
This book is the difference-maker for any coach who incorporates the information into their speed development program. It is the "go-to" resource for coaches and athletes in any sport who want to dramatically improve "game playing speed."
-Michael Srock, Speed & Strength Coach, James F. Byrnes High School (SC)
Backed by time-tested science and experienced coaches, NASE Essentials of Next-Generation Sports Speed Training provides the most practical and useful information to equip any coach at any level to improve their team's speed.
-Allan Johnson, Assistant Football Coach-Strength and Conditioning, East Tennessee State University
No other book can transfer you from a novice to an expert on speed improvement for sports competition like this comprehensive endeavor by Dr. Dintiman and the National Association of Speed and Explosion.
-Roger Kingdom, Olympic Gold Medalist, 110m Hurdles
NASE Essentials of Next-Generation Sports Speed Training combines the latest research in speed training with a practical model for improving speed for any sport.
-Tim Dornemann, Ph.D., CSCS, NASE Level II CSS, CES, PES, Director of Sports Performance, Associate Professor of Allied Health and Sport Studies, Barton College