Recommended Texts

Welcome to my library! Below are a list of texts that I frequently reference while studying, programming, or writing papers. They are not in any particular order, but have all provided value to me as I attempt to better understand sport science, resistance training, physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, etc.

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  • Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance edited by Ian Jeffreys and Jeremy Moody. This book is a collective of over 30 authors who are specialists within their discipline, backing their claims with extensive research. The references  page at the end of each chapter is a true gem of its own.
  • Principles and Practice of Resistance Training by Michael H. Stone, Meg Stone, and William A. Sands. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the principles that underpin a well-developed, evidence-based resistance training program aimed at developing strength-power.
  • Exercise Physiology: Human Bioenergetics and Its Applications by George A. Brooks, Thomas D. Fahey, and Kenneth M. Baldwin. This book was gifted to me by a professor who said “If you are really serious about this stuff, you must read this book.” This is my go-to for anything bioenergetics (energy systems).
  • Athletic Movement Skills by Clive Brewer. Chock full of badass information on motor learning. If you want to ensure you’re providing your athletes with the building blocks to produce highly coordinated movements, refer here.
  • Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Rehabilitation by Donald A. Neumann. What started as a required text for my biomechanics class has turned into a frequently used reference guide for musculoskeletal anatomy refreshers. Great visuals supplement difficult concepts, organized general to specific… easy to comprehend regardless of prerequisite anatomy knowledge.
  • Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance by Inigo Mujika. If you’re interested in utilizing evidence based strategies to guide programming decisions leading up to a competition, check this book out!
  • Periodization Training for Sports by Tudor Bompa and Carlo Buzzichelli. To be completely honest, I haven’t gotten around to opening this book since I bought it in January. In that case, I can’t give my own personal review but will update once I read it. All of the reviews I have read are great!
  • Flow In Sports: The keys to optimal experiences and performances by Susan Jackson and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This book is a good intro to sports psychology and how to access “the zone.” The writing style is dry is comparison to the out of body experience that is “flow.” If you’re looking for a narrative that brings the fire, check out The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler. For inspiring stories of individuals pursuing psychological greatness, check out Michael Gervais’ podcast, Finding Mastery.

I’m always looking to add new books to my growing library. If you have any suggestions, please comment below. Additionally, if you have had a different experience with any of the above books, I’d love to hear your thoughts/perspective!

With Strength & Love,

Kristina

 

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