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Soccer Anatomy 2ed

by Donald T. Kirkendall and Adam Sayers Human Kinetics
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Pbk 256 pages
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Get an inside look at training for the world’s most popular sport. Soccer Anatomy, Second Edition, shows you what it takes to run faster, resist challenges from opponents, be stronger in the tackle, jump higher, delay fatigue, and prevent injury.  


In this second edition, elite-level soccer coach Adam Sayers joins Donald Kirkendall - one of the most recognized experts in soccer training and injury prevention - to bring you more than 85 soccer-specific exercises designed to help build and strengthen the athlete.  


Full-color anatomical illustrations take you inside each exercise to show you which muscles are involved and how they are fundamentally linked to soccer performance. Strength-building exercises are arranged anatomically: by core, back and hips, legs, shoulders and neck, chest, arms, and legs. Each exercise includes clear step-by-step descriptions. Variations allow you to target specific areas or to modify the exercise based on your age, experience, and training goals.  


You’ll also find exercises and advice to help minimize common soccer-related injuries to the head, knees, hips, groin, and thigh and calf muscles, along with exercises taken from FIFA’s warm-up program. Developed by FIFA’s Medical Assessment and Research Centre, the program “The 11+” is proven to reduce the most common injuries.  


For coaches and players looking to improve skill and build strength and endurance on the pitch, let the authoritative advice and expert instruction in Soccer Anatomy be your go-to training tool!

Chapter 1. The Soccer Player in Motion
Chapter 2. Injury Prevention
Chapter 3. The FIFA Warm-Up
Chapter 4. Core Training
Chapter 5. Back and Hips
Chapter 6. Legs: Muscle Isolation
Chapter 7. Shoulders and Neck
Chapter 8. Chest
Chapter 9. Arms
Chapter 10. Legs: Complete Power
Chapter 11. Whole Body Training for Soccer

"Soccer Anatomy will show you how to run faster, resist fatigue, and survive the collisions in our contact sport. It's a must-have resource for every coach and player."
—Anson Dorrance, Head Coach of University of North Carolina Women's Soccer (22-Time National Champions)

Soccer Anatomy is an important book in our field, written by two esteemed soccer scientists. Donald Kirkendall, PhD, and Adam Sayers, PhD, deliver top-notch knowledge in an innovative and straightforward manner.”
—Peter Krustrup, Professor of Sport and Health Sciences at University of Southern Denmark, UEFA Pro License Coach, and Fitness Coach for the Denmark Women’s National Team

Donald Kirkendall, PhD, received his doctorate in exercise physiology from The Ohio State University and went on to teach human anatomy, physiology, and exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse and Illinois State University. In 1995 he was recruited to join the sports medicine program at Duke University Medical Center. He went on to join the staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1998-2003). He retired from the Duke Clinical Research Institute in 2015. His research interests focused on sports medicine and physical performance with an emphasis on team sports—especially soccer.

Kirkendall is a member of U.S. Soccer’s Medical Advisory Committee, and he was a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC) from 2004 to 2015. He frequently lectured at coaching clinics and to local and national coaching organizations, and he has lectured to audiences in all six of FIFA’s confederations.

Adam Sayers, PhD, is the head coach of women’s soccer at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). In 2018, Sayers became the all-time winningest coach in ETSU history with his 80th win.

Sayers holds the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) A-level coaching license and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A-level coaching license and is a sport science staff member with the United States youth women's teams, working with the U16, U18, U19, and U20 national teams. In addition to his coaching qualifications, Sayers is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has served as a coach educator within the USSF coach education program and with the Tennessee State Soccer Association.

Sayers obtained a PhD in human performance from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006. He has presented his research on various physiological aspects of soccer at national and regional conventions, including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) national meeting and the NSCA National Sport-Specific Training Conference. He is a published author, having contributed several soccer-related articles to peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as several coaching journals and websites.