Human Kinetics Articles News and Excerpts en 2008 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:18:14 CST 1440 Affino 5 RSS Generator Five factors that determine if plyometrics training is a good option <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser1" style="float:left;"> Before getting too far into planning the specifics of a plyometric program, Jim Radcliffe, the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Oregon football team, says the prudent approach is to look honestly and carefully at issues that could affect safe participation in such intense training. He points to five factors that trainers must know about their athletes or that those planning their own programs should keep in mind and treat seriously. </div> </div> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:19:00 +0000 Developing Skills, Turning, Combining Movements, and Leaping <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser2" style="float:left;"> Depending on the length of your lesson, choose one or two activities from the Developing Skills, Turning, Combining Movements, and Leaping sections. </div> </div> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Exploring the concept <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser3" style="float:left;"> Choose one to three activities from the Exploring the Concept, Shaping, and Instrument sections. </div> </div> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:57:00 +0000 Planning Creative Dance Lessons <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser4" style="float:left;"> The focus of each lesson is one or two dance concepts from figure 1.1, which you can also find on the web resource for easy printing. The dance concept is the thread that ties the entire lesson together. </div> </div> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:52:00 +0000 The importance of balance in softball success <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser5" style="float:left;"> If the batter is off balance during any part of the swing, she will not have the bat control needed to hit the ball where she wants to hit it. A well-balanced batting stance gives the batter a solid attack foundation. </div> </div> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:07:00 +0000 Mobile Apps Available from Human Kinetics <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser6" style="float:left;"> Whatever your sport or activity, Human Kinetics offers a wide variety of apps to help you achieve your goals while on the go. </div> </div> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:29:00 +0000 Enhanced E-books with Video Available from Human Kinetics <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser7" style="float:left;"> Whatever your sport or activity, Human Kinetics offers a wide variety of Enhanced E-books to help you achieve your goals. </div> </div> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:19:00 +0000 Go by your gut with preexercise foods <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser8" style="float:left;"> Preexercise foods that settle comfortably can enhance stamina, endurance, strength, and enjoyment. </div> </div> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:39:00 +0000 Defining and Understanding Strength Training Load Progression <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser9" style="float:left;"> Progressive overload is the favorite modality for eliciting morpho-functional adaptations through a progressive increase of muscular, metabolic, or neural stress over time. There are many ways to rationally progress the load and thereby elicit the desired adaptations, such as higher levels of hypertrophy, muscular endurance, maximum strength, or power. </div> </div> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:35:00 +0000 Understanding energy systems training <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser10" style="float:left;"> Coaches without real knowledge of energy systems often intuitively develop programs that train the dominant energy system for their sport. For instance, sprint coaches intuitively train their athletes with sprint distances even though they are unfamiliar with the benefits of such training on the nervous system and the anaerobic energy systems. </div> </div> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:29:00 +0000 Strengthen the triceps <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser11" style="float:left;"> The triceps muscle is located at the back of the arm and is used not only to straighten the arm but also to keep the elbow from moving when performing fine movements of the forearm, such as writing. The triceps muscle is also involved in pushing actions, as in opening doors. </div> </div> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:58:00 +0000 Five areas of physical fitness <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser12" style="float:left;"> Each of the five areas of physical fitness plays an important role in being fit, and one is not more important than another. Think about the components of a car: What’s the use in having a nice-looking exterior if the motor is shot or the tires are flat? </div> </div> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:35:00 +0000 Let your body be the gym with this illustrated guide to equipment-free workouts <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser13" style="float:left;"> Going far beyond standard pull-ups, push-ups, and squats, Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy presents 156 unique exercises that work every muscle in the body. </div> </div> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:15:00 +0000 Assessing nutrition and health services <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser14" style="float:left;"> Discover School Breakfast Toolkit - Purpose: This toolkit, from the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was developed to help schools assess current breakfast patterns and programs, calculate costs of implementing or changing breakfast programs, identify the type of meal service to provide to students, and create a marketing plan to engage and sustain a customer base. </div> </div> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:55:00 +0000 Tips for Implementation of WSCC at District Level <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser15" style="float:left;"> The Cortland City (New York) school district was highlighted on the CDC website of success stories (CDC, 2013c) for the work conducted at Cortland City Schools in the CSH component of nutrition services. District initiatives included limiting student access to competitive foods, adopting marketing techniques to promote healthful choices, setting nutrition policies and standards, establishing nutrition standards for competitive foods, and making more healthy foods and beverages available. </div> </div> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:52:00 +0000