If you’ve been following the upcoming NFL season, you may have caught news that Lions rookie running back Mikel Leshoure suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will be out for the season. He marks the 10th torn Achilles’ in NFL training camps to date; according to this USA Today article, half are rookies (only one is older than 25) and are almost certainly hurt due to a lack of preparedness because of the lockout-shortened pre-season.
So, as football, soccer, and other fall sports approach, make sure your body is ready for the physical challenges of competition. Luckily, the library has books that can get you up to game speed in no time.
Fitness Information for Teens
edited by Lisa Bakewell
Everything from working your muscles to proper stretching and nutrition is covered in this detailed guide, designed specifically for the teenage anatomy. Different chapters also cover issues related to specific sports, from softball to skating.
Strength and Power
by Avery D. Faigenbaum and Wayne L. Westcott
This book is designed specifically for building muscle strength and athleticism. Reduce injuries with the increased strength and power designed through the workouts in this book, as well as the sport-specific workouts for power sports, jumping sports, striking sports, and endurance sports.
Fitness Training for Girls
by Katrina Gaede, Alan Lachica, and Doug Werner
Whether by joining a gym, working out at home, playing sports, or just living a more active life, this is a book geared towards being a mentally tough, physically strong young woman.
by Donna Shryer
The foods and nutrition guidelines in this book are specifically designed for your athletic training and performance, from what meals to eat, which vitamins and supplements to take, and when you should consume all these things for maximum impact.
So get training and get ready to kick, pass, run, tackle, jump, and whatever else your sporty self desires–and do it safely!
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