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Playing Pro Football
ISBN: 9781467738446
Author: Bowker, Paul
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Published: August 2014
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Binding Type: Hardcover

Playing professional football is a dream for many—but it's also a high-pressure, grueling job. If you're the pro player on the field, millions of people are scrutinizing your every play, expecting you to make your blocks, outsmart your opponents, move the ball to your end zone, and score. To play at 100 percent on Sundays, you are constantly preparing for the next game—practicing, lifting weights, going to meetings, or watching video. Throughout the year, you must also maintain your fitness through proper workouts, rest, and nutrition. Playing in the pros is an incredible challenge. But for those who suit up on Sundays, the journey is totally worth it.

This book, which was reviewed by six-year National Football League (NFL) veteran Michael Lehan, offers an authentic look at what life is like as a pro football player. You'll learn:

• How players climb the ranks to reach the NFL

• What daily life is like for an NFL player

• How NFL players prevent and treat injuries

Go behind the scenes and see what it's really like to be an NFL star!

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Football
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Careers
Library of Congress Subjects:
Football; Juvenile literature.
Professional sports; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 796.332/64
LCCN: 2013046647
Lexile Measure: 820
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Playing Pro Sports
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 7.25" W
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Each basic volume includes a brief history of the sport, rules, skills needed for success, and vignettes of outstanding athletes and memorable games. Sports fans will appreciate the clear but abbreviated information about their favorite teams and personalities. Numerous photographs, sidebars, inserts, and flashy graphics accompany the readable texts. Training tips and equipment diagrams are appended. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Playing Pro Sports titles: Playing Pro Football, Playing Pro Basketball, Playing Pro Hockey, and Playing Pro Baseball.]
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 November)

Gr 4–7—Top-notch writing, colorful photos and sidebars, fact boxes, and diagrams combine to make this series a standout. Many readers dream of athletic stardom: these books offer an overview of the less glamorous side: what players must do to reach the professional level of sports, athletes' daily routines, and how they avoid injuries. With their busy schedules of games and travel, pro-basketball players frequently take naps to catch up on much-needed rest, while football players need more than just sleep to recover from the toll exacted by game day, which one former linebacker likened to being "in several car crashes." Sleep, diet, and a year-round fitness regimen are essential for players. Descriptions of training exercises are also included, such as the "crossover lunge" practiced by many hockey players and Gold Grove second baseman Brandon Phillips' fielding exercises. A great series that sheds light on the reality of life in professional sports.

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