Before athletes can become strong and powerful, they need to master the
movement skills required in sport. Athletic Movement Skills covers
the underlying science and offers prescriptive advice on bridging the
gap between scientist and practitioner so coaches and athletes can work
together to achieve dominance.
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The unifying theme of every elite athlete and every spectacular performance is movement. It’s the basis for what we recognize as athleticism. It’s the foundation for athletic skill and the essential ingredient to excellence.
Athletic Movement Skills: Training for Sports Performance sets a new standard for athletic assessment and development. This authoritative work presents proven protocols for evaluating, correcting, training and translating athletic movement to athletic dominance.
Combining the latest science and research with cutting-edge techniques and strategies, Athletic Movement Skills will show you how to
develop multidirectional speed and power for any sport and any position,
improve jumping and agility with effective plyometric progressions,
harness and apply power in critical game or match situations,
evaluate and correct posture and body position,
reduce injuries and expedite rehabilitation and
create functional strength progressions that will directly translate to on-field performance.
Hundreds of photo sequences and illustrations plus 10 detailed exercise progressions depict how to refine and perfect speed, agility, strength and power-related movements and skills.
Whether you are working with young or experienced, novice or elite athletes, Athletic Movement Skills is a must-have. It is the definitive development guide for anyone serious about sport performance.
Chapter 1 Movement Skill Development
Chapter 2 Understanding Biomotor Abilities
Chapter 3 Patterns of Motor System Development
Chapter 4 Efficiently Controlling Forces: Mechanical Functions of Movement
Chapter 5 Importance of Posture in Athletic Movement
Chapter 6 Evaluating Posture
Chapter 7 Designing a Progressive Curriculum: Considerations for Movement Skill Learning and Physio-Mechanical Training
Chapter 8 Developing Running Speed and Agility Skills
Chapter 9 Developing Jumping and Plyometric Skills
Chapter 10 Developing Functional Strength Progressions
Chapter 11 Applying Principles in Practice
About the Author
Clive Brewer is a world-recognized expert in high-performance
sports conditioning, athlete development and applied sports science. He
is the assistant director of high performance for the Toronto Blue Jays
and has consulted with several other organizations around the globe,
such as Manchester United FC, USA Football, Wimbledon tennis
championships, the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, Scotland
National Rugby League, Liverpool Ladies FC, the International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and IMG Academy. As head of
strength and conditioning with Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club
(2011-2014), he helped them achieve their highest Super League finish
while reducing injuries by more than 18% each year. Brewer has also
consulted with Sports Med global performance systems, supporting sports
performance development for clients worldwide. He has held lead roles as
the head of human performance (strength and conditioning, science and
medicine) with the Rugby Football League and SportScotland's national
program manager for athlete development.
Brewer is accredited by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association
(UKSCA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the
British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences as a support
scientist. He is a chartered scientist with the Science Council in the
UK and an original member of the British Olympic Association register of
strength and conditioning coaches. In August 2015, he was awarded the
fellowship of the UKSCA in recognition of his contribution to the
As the IAAF strength and conditioning expert editor, Brewer was
Scotland's first national strength and conditioning coach for track and
field. He has worked in sports as diverse as tennis, soccer, rugby
union, and bobsleigh at professional and international levels.
From 2007, Brewer worked with other specialists to research the best
practice in designing an athlete development framework to underpin the
UK coaching model. He has authored several papers and book chapters on
applied sport science, training methods, and athletic development
coaching and has written two books on training methods for coaches. He
has presented at many international conferences, including the
pre-Olympic Sports Science Congress, the U.S. Olympic Committee National
Coaches Congress, the International Science in Rugby Coaching
conference, the National Strength and Conditioning Association national
conference and the European Strength and Conditioning conference.
A native of the UK, Brewer lives in the Tampa metropolitan area while
working across Canada and the United States with the Toronto Blue Jays
“Athletic Movement Skills is the definitive work on the
subject. Clive Brewer has created a blueprint for excelling in any
sport. Athletes, coaches, and trainers, if you’re serious about
performance and injury prevention, I can think of no better investment.”
Mike Favre, M.Ed., CSCS, RSCC*D-- Director of Olympic
Sports Strength & Conditioning, University of Michigan
“Athletic movement skills underpin performance in the majority of
sports. Developing these capacities appropriately gives athletes a
significant advantage. No one knows more about this topic than Clive
Brewer. The wisdom in this book will give coaches and athletes the
ability to stay a step ahead of their opposition. “
Ian Jeffreys, Ph.D., ASCC, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA, FUKSC-- Professor
of Strength and Conditioning, University of South Wales