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Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science, The Paralympic Athlete

Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science, The Paralympic Athlete

Yves C. Vanlandewijck (Editor), Walter R. Thompson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33404-3

Jan 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

312 pages


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This brand new Handbook addresses Paralympic sports and athletes, providing practical information on the medical issues, biological factors in the performance of the sports and physical conditioning.

The book begins with a comprehensive introduction of the Paralympic athlete, followed by discipline-specific reviews from leading authorities in disability sport science, each covering the biomechanics, physiology, medicine, philosophy, sociology and psychology of the discipline. The Paralympic Athlete also addresses recent assessment and training tools to enhance the performance of athletes, particularly useful for trainers and coaches, and examples of best practice on athletes' scientific counseling are also presented.

This new title sits in a series of specialist reference volumes, ideal for the use of professionals working directly with competitive athletes.

List of Contributors vii

Foreword by Dr Jacques Rogge xi

Foreword by Sir Philip Craven xiii

Preface xv

Part 1 Introduction

1 Introduction to the Paralympic Movement 3
Sean Tweedy and P. David Howe

Part 2 Paralympic Sport Science

2 Biomechanics 33
Ian Rice, Florentina J. Hettinga, Justin Laferrier, Michelle L. Sporner, Christine M. Heiner, Brendan Burkett and Rory A. Cooper

3 Physiology 51
Yagesh Bhambhani

4 Medicine 74
Stuart Willick and Nick Webborn

5 Philosophy 89
Steven D. Edwards and Mike J. McNamee

6 Sociology 102
P. David Howe

7 Psychology 116
Jeffrey J. Martin and Garry Wheeler

Part 3 Exercise Testing and Prescription

8 Aerobic and anaerobic power 137
Yeshayahu "Shayke" Hutzler, Yoav Meckel and Judith Berzen

9 Strength training 156
Marco Cardinale and Lee Romer

10 Nutrition, body composition and pharmacology 172
Peter Van de Vliet, Elizabeth Broad and Matthias Strupler

11 Mental preparation 198
Dietmar Martin Samulski, Franco Noce and Varley Teoldo da Costa

Part 4 Best Practices

12 Preparation for the Paralympic Summer Games: heat, humidity, pollution 217
Marco Túlio de Mello, Sílvio de Araújo Fernandes Jr, Andressa da Silva, Luiz Oswaldo Carneiro Rodrigues, Emilson Colantonio, Marcos Gonçalves de Santana and Sergio Tufik

13 Preparation for the Paralympic Winter Games: cold, altitude 231
Marco Bernardi and Federico Schena

14 Contribution of sport science to performance—wheelchair rugby 249
Laurie A. Malone, Natalia Morgulec-Adamowicz and Kevin Orr

15 Contribution of sport science to performance—swimming 264
Brendan Burkett

Index 283

“This is a must read for anyone working with paralympic athletes. It is a thorough and concise explanation of the inner workings of the paralympic movement. Many other books highlight the specifics of a particular sport, but this one provides a well-rounded perspective on the movement.”  (Doody’s, 25 January 2013)