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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (August 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736058737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736058735
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Whether gaining a speed edge on the ice, greater quickness on the court, or superior agility on the field, this book/DVD package provides the drills and workouts you need to get a step ahead of the competition. Training for Speed, Agility, and Quickness develops both maximum power and greater efficiency in each movement, and that's essential to perform at a high level in any sport. Add it to your conditioning program and experience the benefits.”

Chris Witty
Speedskating Gold Medalist and World Record Holder

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lee E. Brown, EdD, CSCS*D, FACSM, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a previous member of the NSCA board of directors. He is also a certified health fitness instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a certified club coach by USA Weightlifting (USAW). In 2003 Brown received the NSCA Outstanding Young Investigator award for his research on high-velocity exercise.

Brown holds both a master’s degree in exercise science and a doctorate in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Brown is now an associate professor of kinesiology in the department of kinesiology at California State University at Fullerton. He resides in Buena Park, California.

Vance A. Ferrigno is the director of fitness and aquatics at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition, he has been a strength and conditioning consultant to professional and amateur athletes since 1990. He is certified through ACSM as a health fitness instructor (HFI) as well as a health fitness director. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA and a USAWF club coach. Ferrigno, who earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Florida State University, assists in developing and teaching the curriculum for a strength and conditioning course at Florida Atlantic University. He resides in Coconut Creek, Florida. ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

John Graham, MS, CS, CS*D, is the vice president of rehabilitation and human performance at Orthopaedic Associates of Allentown (Pennsylvania). Graham is currently a column editor for the NSCA’s Strength & Conditioning Journal. Graham holds a master of science degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Hardyk, PhD, is the assistant track coach at Penn State University and has been on the Nittany Lion staff since 1995. He coaches the long, high, and triple jumpers, sprinters, and hurdlers. Hardyk received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering in 1992 and a master’s degree in engineering mechanics the following year from the University of Cincinnati. In 2000 he received his PhD in sports biomechanics from Penn State University.

Doug Lentz, CSCS*D, is the director of fitness and wellness for Chambersburg Health Services in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He received his BS degree from Penn State University. Lentz serves as the volunteer strength and conditioning coach for the Penn State women’s tennis team and assists the Shippensburg University sprinters and middle-distance runners in their strength and power training. He is currently the conference and special projects coordinator for the NSCA.

Joshua Miller, MS, earned his master of science degree in exercise physiology at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Miller is currently employed as the assistant director of clinical services with Metabolic Testing Services, LLC, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Daniel Murray is a physical therapist who specializes in the treatment of orthopedic and sports-related disorders. He holds a master of science degree in kinesiology from California State University at Fullerton.

Steven Plisk, MS, CSCS*D, is the sports performance director at Velocity Sports Performance in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He received his bachelor of science degree in sport and exercise science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his master of science in kinesiology from the University of Colorado. He is currently an associate editor for the Strength & Conditioning Journal. Plisk is also a chapter author for the National Strength and Conditioning Association`s (NSCA) Essentials of Strength Training & Conditioning.

Jim Roberts, MS, CSCS, lectures extensively on functional training and human performance. He holds a master of science degree in exercise physiology from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor of science in health and fitness from Baylor University.

Diane Vives is the president of Vives Training Systems, a sports training and fitness company based in Austin, Texas. Vives holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and wellness from Florida Atlantic University.


More About the Author

Dr. Brown is a Professor of Strength and Conditioning and Director of the Center for Sport Performance in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. He served as President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) from 2006-2009 and is a Fellow of both the NSCA and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). His research investigates human neuromuscular adaptations to high velocity exercise primarily for improved sport performance. He has authored more than 600 scientific articles, scholarly presentations, books and book chapters worldwide.

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I bought this book for ideas on helping my soccer team train their speed.
J. Coberly
Each of these sections is loaded with great pictures of the drills along with the purpose of the drill and an explanation of how to do it.
trainer23
This is a GREAT book but not only that... it comes with a very well produced DVD.
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179 of 180 people found the following review helpful By trainer23 on September 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for drills to improve you or your athletes speed, agility, or quickness- look no further.

The book starts out with a short chapter on preparing for the drills followed by another short chapter on "needs analysis" (which shows you how to evaluate the need for a speed, agility, and quickness program).

The rest of the book from there is the "meat" of the book: three sections of drills, one for speed, one for agility, and one for quickness. Each of these sections is loaded with great pictures of the drills along with the purpose of the drill and an explanation of how to do it.

The book ends with a 6th Chapter on sport-specific programs. Here the reader is given routines for all the different sports such as volleyball, karate, baseball, etc.

All-in-all I found this to be a very nice resource for drills- drills for really just about any sport. To boot, the size of the book is such that you can toss it in a gym bag and take it with you. Other sports resources I liked include The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution if you suffer from plantar fasciitis. Happy training!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Thomas on March 23, 2009
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This book provides the most comprehensive list of drills for speed and agility that I've seen yet. The included DVD which contains examples on how to perform some of the drills is nice also. The book & DVD are a great value. Here are my pros:

1.comprehensive number of drills
2.nice photos
3.DVD
4.example training programs provided for many sports

Here are my cons:

1.Lacks certain details for the beginner or non coach. Before beginning a program for improving speed, agility & quickness, the book strongly recommends an assessment of your current levels of strength, movement and fitness needs. The book provides what exercises should be performed to assess your current levels, but I wish norms or metrics would have been provided for the assessment exercises. If I must perform single-leg body weight squats to assess my functional strength, how many must I perform to determine whether my strength is adequate or deficient? This is not provided. Page 16 provides all of the assessment exercises, but they all lack the metrics or norms for acheivement.

2.As comprehensive the list of drills are, I found that some of the descriptions on how to perform the drills were lacking. Only a single photo is provided along with a relatively short description on how to perform the drill. There are many drills that just can't be adequately described through written instructions. This is insufficient when proper technique and form is essential to performing the drills. I found myself going to Youtube for videos on some of these drills.

3.With number 2 being said, the DVD should have had videos of all of the drills contained in this book. It only has 66 of the 195 drills.

Besides those deficiencies, I still think this is an excellent resource and provides all the drills I would ever need for tennis training. I give 4/5 stars for the 3 cons mentioned above.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Buxman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 7, 2007
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This book and companion DVD are fabulous training tools for any sport requiring speed, quickness and agility. The materials are well organized and very illustrative, allowing you to customize a program for your individual needs. I've read other books like this and have been left wondering sometimes what to do, but these materials are clear and easy to utilize. Whether you're an athlete or a coach, this small investment will pay big dividends.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Krista Bebernes on April 7, 2006
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As a graduate student in the field and a competetive division 1 NCAA volleyball player, I found this book to be a great reference for improving my speed, agility and quickness. The pictures, explanations and DVD made it easy to incorperate proper form into each drill.

I would feel comfortable referring this book to anyone who wants to improve their game regardless of their sport or level of experience.

This is a great book, one that I will keep in my library forever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Coberly on February 5, 2010
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I bought this book for ideas on helping my soccer team train their speed. As it turns out, this book is by far the best book that I own for developing SAQ (Speed, Agility, and Quickness).

Pros:
- The book not only covers the topics in general, but it also gives sub-categories like plyometric exercises for speed and agility ladder drills for agility.
- Clear and easy to read. Each exercise is listed separately with step-by-step instructions and a clear picture or graphic. Also, there is a DVD included which actually shows many of the exercises demonstrated clearly with narrated instructions.
- Good variety of drills/exercises
- Excellent for use in any sport and also includes several training plans for selected sports.
- Currently only $15 for the book AND DVD!

Cons:
- I don't know if there are any. This is truly an excellent book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph E. Girard on March 21, 2011
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I coach a girls basketball team. I am using the drills in this book to help increase our speed and Quickness. The drills i have been using work really well. this book and the DVD are simple to use & read and putting whats on the pages to use is easy and very transferable. The girls enjoy the drills and they work. This book has drills for all.. very easy to pick out some to fit your specific sport & need. would reccommend for any trainer or coach who want to help his players get better.
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