Addresses the physiological demands of middle and long-distance running presenting contemporary research on running and sporting performance which will be invaluable for athletes, coaches and sports science students. Rather than laying down another training doctrine for athletes and coaches to follow rigidly, it aims to provide prescriptive, sports-specific advice as far as is presently possible to enable all athletes to optimise their sporting performance. It addresses the physiological demands of middle and long distance running, presenting contemporary research on running. It also covers the limitations to running performance; the application of this knowledge to training and preparation for performance; methods by which the runner, coach and sports scientist can assess and monitor running performance; and special considerations for optimising performance including nutritional and environmental issues.<br> <br> This is the first book in the 'Improving Sports Performance' series. It draws on the expertise of applied exercise physiologists who have direct experience of working with elite performers and coaches. The book is aimed at three groups of people. First, sports participants aspiring to improve their personal performance through a more complete understanding of the application of science. Second, coaches of such athletes who wish to complement the art of coaching by basing their training programmes upon rational scientific principles. Third, sports science and physical education students with an interest in implementing the theoretical background of their course in an applied sporting context.
"This text strikes a harmonious balance between the scientificprinciples of performance enhancement and practical trainingadvice. It is therefore successfully aimed at its intendedreadership, namely coaches, athletes and sports scientists. ... Thetext is referenced throughout and the appendix contains thenutrient profiles of sample meals (metric quantities). Asupplementary reading list is also provided. This is a usefulresource for any sports science minded individual." (ClaireHarrison, Accredited Sports Dietitian and Lecturer in SportsNutrition, Dietetics Today)
"it would be a useful addition to a specialist sports cliniclibrary" (Physiotherapy Journal)
"The authors state in their introduction that 'the aim of thisbook is not to lay down another training routine for athletes andcoaches to follow rigidly. Rather the aim is to enable athletes,coaches and students of sport science to acquire a knowledege ofcontemporary issues concerning the physical preparation necessaryfor participation in middle and long distnace running events'.There is no doubt that Improving Sports Performance in Middle andLong Distance Running not only acheives its aim, but actuallyexcels by offering the reader a lot more...Highly recommended..."(Modern Athlete Coach)
Improving Running Performance: A Modern Phenomenon ( A.Twitchen).
Physiological Demands of Middle-Distance Running (D. Wood).
Physiological Demands of Long-Distance Running (D. Wood).
Training for Middle and Long-Distance Running D. Wilkinson).
Physiological Assessment of the Middle and Long-Distance Runner (D.Wilkinson).
Running and Tissue Damage (R. Child).
Nutrition for Performance (J. Fallowfield).
Running and the Environment (J. Fallowfield).