First practiced by the dominant Eastern Bloc athletes of the 1970s, today plyometrics has become a mainstream form of training used by serious athletes around the world. The reason is that plyometrics offers athletes at all levels a proven, straightforward way to enhance their athletic abilities and to get an edge on the competition.
Excellent for both recreational and elite athletes, the exercises can be used to improve quickness, speed, and jumping ability while also helping to develop better coordination, body control, and balance.
This edition includes the latest research on plyometric training, a new layout with a much-improved format for drills, and sidebars on star athletes who have benefited from plyometrics. Plus, author Donald Chu--who has worked as a consultant for the United States Tennis Association and for teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the National Basketball Association--gives you instructions and examples of how to choose from the wide selection of exercises to build the ideal plyometric training program for your chosen sport.
The Jumping Into Plyometrics Video then shows your athletes how to perform 21 core exercises found in the book. Using slow motion, freeze frames, and graphics, the video demonstrates, in detail, how each exercise is executed. It also explains techniques for adjusting the intensity levels to make the exercises appropriate for any caliber of athlete.
Sport-specific applications and objectives are provided for each exercise so you can use plyometrics for training regimens in a wide variety of sports. Accompanying the video is a guide that describes practical tests for assessing athletes’ skill levels and a reproducible chart for monitoring progress.
Chapter 1. Understanding Plyometrics
Chapter 2. The Basics of Plyometric Training
Chapter 3. Designing a Plyometric Training Program
Chapter 4. Plyometric Exercises
Chapter 5. Sport-Specific Drills
Dr. Donald Chu is a leading authority on power training and conditioning. He has been a conditioning consultant for the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Lions, and Chicago White Sox as well as for the United States Tennis Association and the 1996 U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming team, which took home the gold medal. He is the owner and director of NovaCare Clinic in Castro Valley, California, where he acts as a consultant to individual athletes.
Dr. Chu is president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a licensed physical therapist, a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. He has received many honors, including the 1998 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award, presented by the board of trustees of the United States Sports Academy; the 1995 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award; and the 1993 NSCA President's Award for Service. In 1978, his only year as a head coach, Dr. Chu was named the Far Western Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Dr. Chu, who earned a PhD in physical therapy and kinesiology from Stanford University, is the program director for the physical therapist assistant program at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. He is also a professor emeritus of kinesiology and physical education at California State University, Hayward. He lives in Alameda, California.
"If coaches want to learn to utilize plyometric training properly, then there's no one better to learn from than Don Chu. This book is a must for your library."
Al Vermeil Strength and Conditioning Coach Chicago Bulls
"Dr. Chu has put together all the information on plyometrics necessary to benefit any athlete. He has successfully provided a way for athletes to come closer to reaching their potential."