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We’ve all heard the advice “Pace yourself. Save energy and finish strong.” It sounds simple enough, so why is it so hard? Why do even supremely conditioned elite athletes mismanage their energy supplies and fail to finish strong? Pacing: Individual Strategies for Optimal Performance examines the latest science, research, and application in search of answers.
This guide explores the role of pacing in sports, the most common strategies used, the factors that influence effectiveness, and key considerations for today’s athletes and coaches. You’ll also discover these aspects:
How environmental variables, such as temperature and terrain, can affect performance
How to choose the best pacing strategy for any event
How to use pacing to defeat an opponent
The role the brain plays in pacing strategies
Part I explains the biological and psychological underpinnings of pacing science, including the six commonly used pacing strategies that are discussed in detail throughout the book: all-out, positive, even, negative, parabolic, and variable. Part II shows how to apply the science, offering pacing recommendations and considerations for time-dependent sports such as running, triathlon, and swimming and exploring the role of pacing in racket sports and several team sports. Combining scientific research and real-world profiles of elite athletes and coaches, Pacing: Individual Strategies for Optimal Performance shows coaches and athletes how to develop the ideal pacing plan for every competition.
Part I: Science and Philosophy of Pacing
Chapter 1 What Is Pacing? Chapter 2 Understanding Pacing Strategies Chapter 3 Physiology of Pacing Chapter 4 Psychology of Pacing Chapter 5 Adapting Pacing Strategies
A conditioning and training guide for players of all sports, strength and conditioning enthusiasts, athletic trainers, conditioning coaches, personal trainers, and parents of athletes.
Lee E. Brown, EdD, CSCS*D, FNSCA, FACSM, is professor of kinesiology and director of the Center for Sport Performance at California State University at Fullerton. Before joining the faculty at Cal State Fullerton in 2002, Dr. Brown spent two years at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro as director of the Human Performance Laboratory. Before moving to Arkansas, he spent 16 years in Florida serving as research director for an orthopedic surgeon’s office and teaching and coaching at the high school level. He is a fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Dr. Brown received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He completed his graduate work and obtained his EdD from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
Vance Ferrigno is an exercise physiologist and golf performance specialist for the Cliffs Resort in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a fellow of applied functional science, ACSM health fitness director, ACSM health fitness specialist, USA Cycling level 2 coach, NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist, and USA Weightlifting level 1 coach. Ferrigno earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Florida State University.
“Training for Speed, Agility, and Quickness is one of the books that I use frequently when designing training programs for my athletes.”
Allen Hedrick, MA, CSCS, RSCC, FNSCA-- Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Colorado State University at Pueblo,Author of Dumbbell Training
“Training for Speed, Agility, and Quickness is a comprehensive resource that will benefit all readers. The recommendations are backed by research and are easily adjusted to the needs of each athlete.”
Boyd Epley-- Founder of National Strength and Conditioning Association, U.S. Collegiate Strength and Conditioning, Coaches Hall of Fame, Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, Lindy’s Sports Top 100 Most Important College Football Sports Figures of the Century