Peak Performance

Peak Performance : Training and Nutritional Strategies for Sport

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Whether your aim is to win an Olympic medal, to reach the finals in a national competition, or just to finish an endurance event with a smile on your face, there is a common goal. All athletes strive to achieve their best on the day of competition. Your tools are effective training techniques and a great nutrition program.

Peak Performance is a one-stop text for coaches, athletes and students of sports science who want to improve their knowledge and sporting performances by the application of scientific training and nutritional principles. It combines the results of state of the art research from the world leaders in these fields, together with practical guidelines to meet the challenges of daily training and nutrition in the preparation for competition. It investigates:

.the body's power systems and how the body respond to training

.how to measure performance and test fitness specific to the needs of your sport

.devising particular training programs for endurance, team or power sports

.special strategies to help you get it right on the day

.clever eating before, during and after a session - either training or competion - to ensure your best possible performance

.eating to maximise recovery between training sessions

.which supplements are best and how to use them

.appraisal of the latest scientific aids and strategies (heart-rate monitors, altitude and hill training, warming up and warming down, drafting and pacing)

.the limits to athletic performance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 31.75mm | 839.15g
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 1864484691
  • 9781864484694

Table of contents

Foreword by Professor Tim Noakes

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Preface

PART 1 LEARNING FROM THE PAST: WHAT THE GREAT COACHES HAVE TAUGHT US

The evolution of training: The trial-and-error method

PART II LEARNING FROM SCIENCE

Scientific principles of physical training

Fuels for the fire: the body's power systems

Physiological testing for athletes: what the numbers mean

Training for speed and power

Training techniques for successful endurance performance

Training for team sports

Training aids and strategies: do they help?

Competition: getting it right on the day

PART III EATING TO WIN

The training diet

Changing body size and shape

Pre-event nutrition

Fluid and fuel intake for competition and training

Eating for recovery

The tired athlete

PART IV DOES MAGIC EXIST?

Pills, potions and supplements

Where's the proof? Evalus
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About John Hawley

John Hawley is director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, has worked with elite athletes in New Zealand and South Africa and has published widely on nutrition.

Louise Burke is head of the Dept. of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport, editor of the key text Clinical Sports Nutrition, and is widely published in international journals on nutrition.
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