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Part I Knowledge Chapter 1 Muscular Actions, Sport Performance, and Plyometric Training Chapter 2 Anatomy and Physiology of Plyometrics Chapter 3 How Plyometrics Works Part II Considerations Chapter 4 Plyometric Training and Young Athletes Chapter 5 Plyometric and Neuromuscular Training for Female Athletes Chapter 6 Plyometric Training for Injury Rehabilitation Part III Applications Chapter 7 Strength and Power Assessment for Plyometric Training Chapter 8 Introduction of a Plyometric Training Program Chapter 9 Essential Plyometric Exercises Chapter 10 Plyometric Training in a Comprehensive Conditioning Program Chapter 11 Sport-Specific Plyometric Training Programs

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Dr. Donald Chu, PhDPT, ATC, CSCS, FNSCA, is a professor emeritus of kinesiology and physical education at California State University at Hayward, where he taught for more than 20 years. He is director and founder of Athercare Fitness & Rehabilitation in the San Francisco Bay area, which specializes in sport performance training, fitness programs, physical therapy, and clinical psychology. Dr. Chu has developed an extensive reputation in the field of sport rehabilitation and fitness and conditioning. He pioneered research-supported plyometric training in the Western hemisphere and is revered throughout the strength and conditioning community for enhancing modern sports' most defining athletic factor: power. Chu has been credited with bringing plyometric training to the attention of coaches, athletes, and fellow professionals in sport conditioning through his application of theoretical knowledge into practical demonstrations. The author of six books, Chu has also written articles in refereed journals and contributed chapters to many books on sports medicine. More than 140,000 copies of his seminal book on the topic, Jumping Into Plyometrics, have been sold since 1994. He has presented extensively to professional groups around the world and consulted with athletes and teams at every level-including Olympians and professionals-on the development of training and conditioning programs. Dr. Chu holds certifications as an athletic trainer (ATC) from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and as a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has served on the board of directors for both organizations and is a past president of the NSCA. He resides in Alameda, California. Gregory D. Myer, PhD, FACSM, CSCS,*D, is currently the director of research and the Human Performance Laboratory for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and is also serving as the senior research advisor to the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention. He also maintains his primary faculty appointment in the departments of pediatrics and orthopaedic surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and secondary appointments in the athletic training division at Ohio State University. He is a member, lecturer, and honoree of the ACSM, NSCA, and NATA for his breakthrough research, including his defining work on the development of prevention strategies in knee injury. Myer's work in the Human Performance Laboratory allows him to integrate the most advanced research findings into training protocols for athletic development and injury prevention. Dr. Myer works with athletes from preadolescence to professional level and speaks to coaches around the world seeking to update their own training programs. Dr. Myer is the author of Strength and Jump Training for Volleyball and several book chapters related to his research on the biomechanics of sport performance and training for injury prevention. He has also authored over 150 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.


"This is the definitive guide for designing plyometric programs for individuals with different needs, goals, and abilities. From injury prevention to rehabilitation, this book is exceptional."Avery Faigenbaum-- Leading Author and Researcher, Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science, College of New Jersey "Don Chu and excellence in plyometric training are synonymous."Al Vermeil -- NSCA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Strength Coaches Hall of Fame, Seven-Time World Champion Strength and Conditioning Coach

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