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Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach

Training theory has traditionally distinguished between strength, speed, agility, stamina and coordination – basic motor properties that have been seen as more or less separate factors. Frans Bosch’s book Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach claims that this distinction is questionable in both theory and practice. In particular, transfer of training cannot be understood if the five properties are treated as separate factors. This is a highly original and scientifically substantiated viewpoint that has never before been presented in a textbook.

This book does not approach strength training in terms of its mechanical manifestations; instead, the author presents a model based on what is known about the underlying – especially neurological – processes. Specificity between strength exercises and athletic movement is thus identified, and the term ‘overload’ acquires a new meaning. Dynamic systems theory is used to create a link between motor learning and strength training. In addition, theory is constantly translated into guidelines for practice. In this book, sport-specific strength training means coordination training under increased resistance.

This book is the translation of the fully revised second edition of the Dutch-language book Krachttraining en coördinatie, een integratieve benadering, which originally appeared in 2012. It will be of interest not only to students of sport science and physiotherapy, but also to sport and other physiotherapists, and to movement specialists and other coaches who want to do more than just strengthen the musculo-skeletal system. This book is about contextual strength training.

Frans Bosch is a lecturer in motor learning and training theory at the Fontys sports college in the Netherlands. He also works as a consultant and specialist coach for the Welsh and Japanese national rugby teams and the West Ham United Football Club. Together with Ronald Klomp he has previously written the book Running: Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice, which was published by Churchill Livingstone in 2004.

Release date: 2 November 2015

Check out the contents and read the introduction (PDF)

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In the media

"Four things I learned from Frans Bosch". Blog by Martin Bingisser, N

Interview in several parts with Frans Bosch by Martin Bingisser, January 2017

Interview with Frans Bosch on, 17 February 2016

"Frans Bosch coaching at West Ham United Football Club, UK" (YouTube video)

John Pryor on about functional training and the meaning of Frans Bosch methods in training strength and coordination

Review by Todd Hargrove on, 28 June 2016:

"This is definitely one of those books where you do a lot of highlighting. It's also a book which leaves you with more good questions than firm answers. My kind of book, and highly recommended!"

Review by Chris Ford, lecturer University Centre Farnborough, Hampshire, UK:

"A very good read for an experienced strength and conditioning coach to help develop a training approach. This book moves on from his last helping with the application of dynamic systems theory to the training of other sports. Again promotes a very different approach to training which although not fully backed up with scientific evidence, is presented well making logical sense, using some evidence. This book also gives a very good explanation and background of the dynamic systems theory approach, giving explanation for why to integrate this with current training. The book then goes on to help identify how and where to include this approach into an athletes training programme with lots of example exercises giving a rational for each exercise helping to make an informed decision for best practice."

Additional reading

Two articles showing an application of the theory of Bosch, in Sport Performance & Science Reports, 29 April 2018:

Preventing hamstring injuries – Part 1: Is there really an eccentric action of the hamstrings in high speed running and does it matter?

Preventing hamstring injuries – Part 2: There is possibly an isometric action of the hamstrings in high-speed running and it does matter

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