Frans Bosch Books

Thee major game-changing books have been published in the field of running, agility, strength training and movement analysis.
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Anatomy of Agility

Analysis of movement in sports

Anatomy of Agility is basically about analysis of movement in sports. Frans Boschís book examines all the high-intensity versions of the running movement that occur in open situations, from running straight ahead to sidesteps and single-leg jumping with a run-up. The book is divided into a theoretical and a practical section. Part 1 maps out the field of high-intensity movement and the context of agility in sports, with reference to such concepts as constraint, self-organization, self-stability and the attractor-fluctuation landscape. Part 2 translates theory to practice, identifying the attractors in the various forms of agility.

Bosch’s focus on high-intensity agility in team sports provides an analysis of movement that is sufficiently specific to allow conclusions to be drawn about training practice. The book shows that there is a relatively simple underlying structure in the various kinds of agility based on running, and that all sports are in fact structured in the same way. Thus, the analysis of agility presented in this book can serve as a model for the analysis of all other types of movement.
As well as many figures, the book includes a number of picture (photograph) series. Studying these is useful when observing skills and developing and/or enhancing the systematic analysis of high-intensity movement.

Anatomy of Agility: movement analysis in sport is intended for coaches, physiotherapists, teachers of movement and others who want to learn more about how to move as efficiently as possible in sports situations involving agility.

 

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Strength Training and Coordination

An integrative approach

Traditionally, training theory makes a distinction in strength, speed, flexibility, endurance and coordination. These basic motor properties are seen as quantities functioning more or less independently of each other. In Strength Training and Coordination, an Integrative Approach, author Frans Bosch argues that this distinction is debatable. He shows that the five properties hardly have any right to exist as separate quantities. An extremely original and scientifically based starting point, which has never been discussed in a textbook before.

In this issue, strength training is no longer approached from the mechanical appearance. The author, on the other hand, sketches a model that is based on what is known about the underlying processes, especially in the neurophysiological field. In this way processes of transfer between strength exercise and goal movement are mapped. And a link is made between motor learning and strength training. (Sport-specific) strength training in this book is coordination training under increased resistance.

Strength training and coordination, an integrative approach is not only interesting for students of higher vocational education sports & exercise and physiotherapy, but also for (sports) physiotherapists, teachers of physical education and trainers who want more than strengthening the muscular skeletal system. Functional strength training, that’s what this book is all about!

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Running

Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice

This richly illustrated work presents innovative training concepts based on recent scientific research and extensive knowledge of the real-world training. It provides running trainers, physiotherapists and physical exercise teachers with the latest insights into the training runners. The methods presented here are based on biomechanical principles. Scientific material is translated into practical techniques in the discussion of topics such as running technique, energy supply processes and adaptation through training.

  • Unique approach to the material makes this book an excellent resource for a beginner’s introduction or an advanced trainer’s review.
  • Coverage features the most up-to-date information available.
  • Logical organization of information makes the text easy to use.

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Understand & manipulate the mechanisms of transfer in sports

This book is a must have for any coach who is bored with the mainstream thinking on speed training. This book is the most exhaustive resource imaginable on every aspect of sprinting and sprint related training. It certainly caters towards the coach who is wishing to be defined by intellect, and you need to take some time reading it, but if you do, you will certainly be rewarded. The lower star reviews are likely from those looking for something a little more readily practical, this is a book that is helpful when you've already been there/done that.

J. SmithRunning

Excellent read to learn the "whys" of training. While highly technical and often requiring a dictionary to grapple with doctorate level terminology, the insights I have already gained have made the process worthwhile. This is not a book that will provide a training log that you can copy, rather, it breaks down the mechanical and physiological elements that impact running.

R. ArnoldRunning

Easily one of the most important works about human development and performance. The book is vital reading.

Juliet StarrettStrength Training and Coordination

Absolutely amazing book. Learning so much and going back through it to read it a second time.

Mark JesseStrength Training and Coordination

Great resource for coaches and trainers.

Joshua BrownStrength Training and Coordination

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