I've recently gone through my book collection and wanted to share some of the best books I have read to date. I have heaps of favourites so I have categorised them accordingly and provided a link to purchase as well as a brief reasoning;
1. Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe - The fundamentals to form and technique. An absolute basic read but must-have knowledge.
2. NSCA Essentials by NSCA - Seems fairly explanatory. Don't necessarily agree with all concepts in here, but again basic understanding is essential.
3. Triphasic Training by Cal Dietz - Love this book and approach. Have used concepts from here for quite some time. Excellent read for those looking to lean towards High Performance.
1. Monitoring Training and Performance in Athletes by Mike McGuigan - Relatively new book and I believe first of this nature, but great insight into many aspects of monitoring.
2. Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes by AIS - Fantastic for any sport, in terms or appropriate testing and how to analyse.
3. ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription - Underrated book in my opinion. Covers some of the essential understanding of adaptations.
Bonus: Anatomy Trains by Tom Myers - Not really a 'sport science' book, but wanted to give a shout-out because I still enjoy this one.
1. Legacy by James Kerr - One of the most talked about books in regards to sporting culture. Great insight to the leadership and culture qualities of the New Zealand All-Blacks.
2. Mastery by Robert Greene - Bit of a tough/long read, but certainly helps in developing an individual craft.
3. Leadership by Andrew DuBrin - Great book that provides a deeper understanding of leader attributes.
1. High-Performance Training for Sports by David Joyce - Easily top read in this category. Each chapter covers multiple aspects of High-Performance.
2. Block Periodization by Vladimir Issurin - An oldie but I had to through it in there. I believe some of the basic periodization schemes are often overlooked, so I rate this as a necessity.
3. Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation by David Joyce - Joyce's second book. Many phenomenal contributors and necessity for interpreting some of the injury risk factors associated with your athletes.
Bonus: Conducting and Reading Research in Kinesiology - To be able to apply research (evidence) based decisions, one must understand how to read and interpret results.
1. Key Concepts Elite by Charlie Francis - Couldn't overlook this classic. Not only in-depth speed training, but also how to program appropriately throughout a season.
2. Explosive Running by Michael Yessis - Fantastic insight to some of the running mechanics and how to correct.
3. Speed Training Considerations for Non-Track Athletes by James Smith - One of the better books that don't just address track athletes. Great for those who program for field-based sports.
1. Exercise Physiology for Health, Fitness and Performance by Sharon Plowman - Again for me this ranks as number 1. Very theoretical, but absolutely vital to understand the physiology and adaptations!
2. Ultimate MMA Conditioning by Joel Jamieson - Bit of a broader look in terms of physiology, but great programming sections.
3. Juggernaut Method by Chad Wesley Smith - Bit of a meat-head book, but one that covers some of the more 'metabolic' conditioning aspects when paired with strength training.
Bonus: Developing Endurance by NSCA
I would love to hear some of your favourite reads!! So leave a comment or shoot me a message if you have some recommendations.