Drawing on the latest scientific research, this handbook introduces the essentials of sport-specific strength and conditioning programme design for over 30 different sports. Enhanced by extensive illustrations and contributions from more than 70 world-leading experts, its chapters present evidence-based best practice for sports including football, rugby, tennis, hockey, basketball, rowing, boxing, golf, swimming, cycling and weightlifting, as well as a variety of wheelchair sports.

Every chapter introduces the fundamental requirements of a particular sport – such as the physiological and biomechanical demands on the athlete – and describes a sport-specific fitness testing battery and exercise programme. Additional chapters cover the adaptation of programme design for special populations, including female athletes, young athletes and athletes with a disability. Drawing on the experiences of Olympic and Paralympic coaches and trainers, it offers original insights and practical advice from practitioners working at the highest level.

Innovative, comprehensive and truly international in scope, the Routledge Handbook of Strength and Conditioning is vital reading for all strength and conditioning students and an invaluable reference for strength and conditioning coaches and trainers.

section 1|4 pages

How to use this book

chapter 1|2 pages


ByAnthony Turner

section 2|44 pages

Working with special populations

chapter 2|16 pages

Applying Strength and Conditioning Practices to Female Athletes

ByPaul J. Read, Alicia Montalvo, Rich Blagrove, Rich Burden, Greg Myer, Rhodri S. Lloyd

chapter 3|15 pages

Applying Strength and Conditioning Practices to Young Athletes

ByRhodri S. Lloyd, John M. Radnor, Sylvia Moeskops, Robert W. Meyers, Paul J. Read, Jon L. Oliver

chapter 4|11 pages

Applying Strength and Conditioning Practices to Athletes with a Disability

ByTom Paulson, Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey

section 3|282 pages

Team sports

chapter 5|21 pages


ByPerry Stewart, Matthew Springham

chapter 6|12 pages

Rugby Union

ByCraig Twist

chapter 7|18 pages

Rugby 7’s

ByDan Howells

chapter 8|24 pages

American Football

ByNick Winkelman

chapter 9|17 pages

Aussie Rules Football

ByIan McKeown

chapter 10|14 pages

Field Hockey

ByBen Rosenblatt, Andy Hudson

chapter 11|21 pages

Ice Hockey

BySteve Nightingale, Adam Douglas

chapter 12|16 pages


ByRob Harley, Stuart Mills, Alex Bliss

chapter 13|24 pages


ByPhil Scott, Ross Herridge

chapter 14|15 pages


ByAlex Wolf

chapter 15|26 pages


ByChris McLeod, Katie James

chapter 16|21 pages


ByJeremy Sheppard, Paula Charlton, David Watts, Tim Pelot

chapter 17|31 pages


ByMarco Cardinale

chapter 18|20 pages

Wheelchair Rugby

ByEd Baker

section 4|325 pages

Individual sports

chapter 19|26 pages


ByLachlan James, Brett Bartholomew, G. Gregory Haff, Vincent Kelly

chapter 20|12 pages


ByJames Coy, Jon Cree, Anthony Turner

chapter 21|13 pages


ByRhys Ingram, Ailish McLaughlin, Yana Radcliffe

chapter 22|16 pages


ByAlan Ruddock, Daniel Wilson, David Hembrough

chapter 23|13 pages


ByAnthony Turner, Dai Fulcher, Sophie Weaver, Geoff Marshall

chapter 24|20 pages

Wheelchair Fencing

ByAlex Villiere, Michael Edwards, Baldip Sahota, Anthony Turner

chapter 25|18 pages


ByEmily Fanning, Floris Pietzsch

chapter 26|22 pages


ByPaul J. Read, Justin Buckthorp, Zachariah I. Gould, Rhodri S. Lloyd

chapter 27|33 pages

Sprint Running

ByJon Goodwin, Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo, Ruth Waghorn, James Wild

chapter 28|20 pages

Sprint Cycling

ByLynne Munroe, G. Gregory Haff

chapter 29|14 pages


ByIan Pyper, Emma Deakin, Andrew Shaw

chapter 30|13 pages


ByChris Bishop

chapter 31|15 pages

Rock Climbing

ByNoel Carroll

chapter 32|15 pages

Alpine Skiing

ByPete McKnight

chapter 33|14 pages

Freestyle Snowsport

ByJohn Noonan

chapter 34|15 pages


ByPaul Comfort

chapter 35|18 pages


BySean Maloney

chapter 36|26 pages


ByShyam Chavda, Greg Everett