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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Reedswain (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890946052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890946050
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HSG83 on April 11, 2010
Firstly, this book is a little dated. This said, in some areas, it really was ahead of its time and will bring at least a few new ideas and concepts to the majority of coaches out there today.

The author clearly understands the science, the demands, and the culture of the sport. His writing style is is enjoyable, the book is logically laid out, and Dr. Verheijen has approached this topic with a wide lens that looks at the big picture of what is important rather than focusing on minor details.

This book, like much of Dr. Verheijen's work, has been translated from Dutch. Some of the specific scientific terminology has been "lost in translation" somewhat, but it is usually apparent what is meant when you look at the context of each discussion. The unfamiliar terms could prove to be more of a problem for those with less understanding of scientific principles.
I feel that this book is of best use for a football/soccer coach. Collegiate strength and conditioning coaches, for example, will find it helpful to further understand the demands of the sport, but may not be able to apply the majority of suggestions due to the constricts of college athletics. Also much of the ball-related conditioning presented could be ineffective at lower levels due to the technical ability needed to maintain the required intensity of work.

The main strength of this book is how Dr. Verheijen communicates the need to vary volume and intensity day to day, week to week, and phase to phase in all forms of training. This is a basic concept of periodization - something that he has since focused on in his research and presentations. It is really good to see basic (but very important) training principles applied to the sport as this is usually missed in soccer specific texts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jinny A. on May 26, 2013
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This is a great resource for strength and conditioning professionals and for specialists. It provides great information on muscle work, strength training and conditioning for soccer players.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Coleman on February 22, 2014
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Anyone looking to learn more about energy system development or just soccer specific conditioning in general should absolutely read this.
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By zerolight40 on September 16, 2013
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Excellent book, currently studying for my AFA football coaching degree and this book is the perfect reference point.

I highly recommend it
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By Bunow on August 10, 2014
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It's a great book. Easy to understand and i'm happy to finally get a copy of this spirit. This book has teach me to keep my training simple.
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One of the best football conditioning books. Maybe new Verheijen periodisation book is better, but still this old one is good enough.
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