Human Kinetics Articles News and Excerpts en 2008 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:36:06 CST 1440 Affino 5 RSS Generator Sacrifice Bunting <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser1" style="float:left;"> Bunting is a part of the offensive game that is often referred to as small ball. For some players, bunting for a hit can be a part of their individual skill set that forces a defense to adjust positioning, and we&rsquo;ll cover this skill later in the chapter. </div> </div> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:17:00 +0000 Training the Swing <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser2" style="float:left;"> The baseball swing is complex, to say the least. The swing is a mental and physical series of actions that must work through the total body in precise harmony. </div> </div> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:12:00 +0000 Knowing the Situation <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser3" style="float:left;"> The pitcher must always be aware of the situation. For beginners, being aware of every situation is difficult. Teaching awareness really happens by trial and error. </div> </div> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:07:00 +0000 Determining What to Evaluate <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser4" style="float:left;"> The first consideration in creating an effective evaluation plan is to identify the right things to evaluate. At minimum all program evaluation systems should include tools for measuring athlete development. </div> </div> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:45:00 +0000 Preparing Mentally and Emotionally <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser5" style="float:left;"> Precompetition physical preparation will be wasted unless the coach also helps the athlete design effective precompetition mental and emotional preparation strategies. Athletes are known for finding creative ways to lower their stress before a competition. </div> </div> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:40:00 +0000 Reflecting on Why You Coach <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser6" style="float:left;"> Most coaching books start with a discussion of the importance of creating a coaching philosophy and follow up with a section on creating goals. But to define a coaching philosophy and set goals, you must first understand and express why you coach and what principles will guide how you coach. </div> </div> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:35:00 +0000 School-Age Overweight and Obesity Issues <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser7" style="float:left;"> Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition in which a child or adolescent is significantly above the normal weight based on his or her age and height (Mayo Clinic, n.d.). </div> </div> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:25:00 +0000 Common deviations from ideal alignment <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser8" style="float:left;"> The ribcage sits directly above the pelvis in efficient alignment. The shoulders should be horizontally level and relaxed, with the arms able to hang freely. </div> </div> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:55:00 +0000 Why HIIT <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser9" style="float:left;"> As mentioned, HIIT can offer amazing health and fitness benefits using workouts that are shorter and performed less often than aerobic activities, in which improvements come with a greater volume of training, meaning more time running, swimming, cycling, or using an aerobic machine such as a treadmill. </div> </div> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:42:00 +0000 Protect the Puck and Shoot for the Goalie <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser10" style="float:left;"> 1. The forward protects the puck for 15 seconds and then drives for the net and shoots. </div> </div> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:21:00 +0000 After the Run <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser11" style="float:left;"> Because of the repetitive motion of the legs, running creates tightness in the hip flexors, hamstrings, and quads, often leading to low-back pain. </div> </div> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:16:00 +0000 Integrating Functional Training Into Your Training Plan <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser12" style="float:left;"> Each sport-specific program in chapter 9 includes three types of workouts: a conditioning day, a strength day, and a power or power-endurance day. A beginning athlete should perform the conditioning day two or three times per week for two to four weeks and then move on to the strength program. </div> </div> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:29:00 +0000 Program Preparation <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser13" style="float:left;"> If you are a coach, you must develop proficiency in writing training programs for your athletes. Training programs should be individualized to account for factors such as medical history, sex, biological and training age (experience), the sport, and the position played. </div> </div> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:04:00 +0000 Learn the benefits of orienteering <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser14" style="float:left;"> Orienteering offers many benefits, but its real attraction is that it is fun! </div> </div> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:13:00 +0000 Save this holiday season <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser15" style="float:left;"> To show our appreciation for your continued business, Human Kinetics is pleased to offer HK Rewards members 40% off books and e-books, as well as 20% off courses using promo code J675. As an added bonus, orders over $25 will qualify for free shipping. </div> </div> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000