This volume is the third in the Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science series, published under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee to bring basic scientific information and practical guidance to those who are directly involved in competitive sports.
Football has been written primarily for team trainers and coaches, as well as medical physicians in family practice, health-related professionals such as team physical therapists, and athletes themselves. It covers basic science -motion characteristics, physiological demands and biomechanical aspect -as well as providing more practical guidance on conditioning for competition, player nutrition, doping, and injury prevention and treatment. There are special sections on the goalkeeper, the female player, and the role of the team physician and the referee; readers will also find information on more general aspects of the game such as the history of football and the evolution of football tactics.
Including contributions from internationally prominent sports scientists, this book is a comprehensive survey of all the clinical and scientific issues involved in the world´s most popular sport.