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. Discover how to choose the best kind of equipment for safe, effective training; how to prevent injuries through pre-exercise stretching; how to treat injuries when they occur; when to consult a medical professional; and how to come back from injury as quickly as possible and stronger than ever. This book is an indispensable guide to players starting out in the game. It includes chapters discussing: • a history of soccer • training tips • advice on choosing the right equipment • getting in shape to play • treating injuries • making a career in soccer—for pleasure or profit • the importance of good nutrition • the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs
Over half a million people in the United States participate in gymnastics, making it an extremely popular sport. The risks of injury, however, are high. This easy-to-read guide will teach you ways to keep gymnastics safe through procedures such as equipment safety checks and comprehensive warm-up routines before exercise. This book includes information on: • Rehabilitating sprained ankles and wrists. • Maintaining focus at competitions. • Exercises used to strengthen damaged limbs or joints. • Warning signs of wear-and-tear injuries. • The importance of good nutrition. • The dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.
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. Discover in this book the best equipment for safe, effective training, the importance of pre-exercise stretching, when to consult a medical professional, and how to recover from injury as quickly as possible and stronger than ever. Also learn about: • The history of football. • The changing face of the game. • Warm-up exercises to avoid injuries. • Protective equipment worn by players. • The importance of good nutrition. • The dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.
Weight training is one of the world's most popular sporting activities. It is also a leading cause of sports injuries, especially among young people whose bodies are still developing. Learn in detail how to avoid injury when weight training, and what you should do if an injury occurs. Pre-training preparation is vital, and this book discusses everything from selecting the right gym and using equipment properly to mental training and proper warm-up routines. The causes and cures for weight-training injuries are clearly described, with a particular emphasis on developing good technique. Methods of self-treatment for injury are given priority, but the book is also clear about when you should see a doctor. Discover: • How to rehabilitate a shoulder injury. • How simple changes in posture can protect your back. • What type of weight training routine you should follow if you are under eighteen. • The importance of good nutrition. • The dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.
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. Learn about the history of martial arts, from their pre-human beginnings to today's Olympic-level competition. Explore the most common injuries that martial artists sustain, including treatments and prevention strategies. In addition, find out about: • How martial artists maintain their health and fitness. • How stretching before athletic activity can prevent injury. • What kinds of training martial artists must undergo in order to be competitive. • The importance of good nutrition. • The dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.