Getting The Edge : Conditioning, Injuries and Legal & Illicit Drugs
Each book includes real-life anecdotes from the sports world, to inspire young athletes and illustrate healthy & powerful ways to help them find their "edge." Written for young adults, these books provide how to get in shape, both mentally and physically: how to avoid injuries: and why performance enhancing drugs do more to damage sports careers than they do to build them.
Dr. Susan Saliba, National Athletic Trainers' Association Education Council Eric Small M.D., Harvard -Trained Sports Physician
"Not only does this series cover the history and the basic rules of each sport, but it also discusses tips on how to stay healthy and use protective equipment, and the dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs." "...since books on softball, lacrosse, track and field events, volleyball, and weightlifting have been scarce in recent years, these titles might be useful in some collections."
"With an emphasis on physical training, safety, and illicit drug use, books in this series complement more traditional sports books."
"...provides tips and tools for students and others interested in conditioning, injuries, equipment, mental and physical preparation, levels of competition, nutrition, and performance enhancing drugs."
Baseball has earned the title of "America's favorite pastime," and softball is even more popular with amateur players. These two games have a slower pace and less contact than many other famous American team sports, such as football, basketball, and hockey. Each year, however, there are nearly half a million baseball injuries requiring treatment in the United States.
Basketball is the only major American team sport that did not grow out of older European games. Through the years, it has become more of a contact sport, leading to many types of injuries on the court. More than 1.6 million basketball injuries are treated every year in the United States.
Cheerleading is a sport that brings to mind young girls and women wearing shiny outfits, waving pom-poms, performing intricate dance routines, and leading the crowds in cheers. However, this was not always the case. The first cheerleader was actually a man, and it was 20 years before women got involved in the sport. The late twentieth century saw cheerleading continue to evolve, and schools and colleges throughout the United States adopted standard rules and regulations.
Extreme sports are highly popular among young people today. These sports include a wide variety of activities-from surfing and skateboarding to mountaineering and parachute jumping-but one characteristic unites them all: their inherent risk of injury
Football is America's most spectacular team sport, which is why the gridiron attracts so many athletes. The game, however, is also our most dangerous sport, with more than 448,000 injuries annually to players under the age of fifteen.
Hockey is one of the fastest and most exciting team sports in the world, but the speed and hard-hitting contact so important to the game can lead to several different types of injuries. Many young hockey players have a false sense of security, believing wrongly that the protective equipment will keep them safe.
Lacrosse, often called "the fastest sport on two feet," is also one of the oldest games on the North American continent. It originated as a Native American game that was once used as a training aid for warriors. Since its introduction to white settlers, lacrosse has continued to gain popularity as a sport
Though humans have practiced martial arts for thousands of years, many scientists believe that fighting for recreation, without the intent to hurt, began with chimpanzees, far before humans made it into a sport. Today, martial arts are popular all over the world, with organized competitions and a multitude of differing styles. Be it Korean taekwondo or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, martial arts have become a staple of sports culture.
From the back streets of poor neighborhoods to the playing fields of the wealthy, soccer is the world's most popular team sport. Played on every continent on the globe, its professional players earn fortunes and are worshipped by many millions of fans. The "beautiful game," as it is known, is for everyone: it is easy to play, requires minimal equipment, and can provide a lifetime of enjoyment.
Track and field events demand a high degree of strength, stamina, and flexibility. Shot put, hammer throw, long jump, as well as many other track and field events, can put intense strain on certain muscle groups. Injuries can strike suddenly or gradually build up over time.
This book is a practical guide for wrestlers. Wrestling is a tough activity, in which injury is an ever-present danger. Learning good technique and systematically strengthening the body are the best ways to prevent injury during sparring. The book explains the safety preparation every wrestler should use, including mental training, strength exercises, and flexibility routines.
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