The driving force behind “Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science” is the belief that sports science fails to deliver on its inflated promises. The book, by Dr. Fergus Connolly with Phil White, aims to change the prevailing philosophies on the application of sports science, technology, and analytics to team sports.
Ryan Banta’s “Sprinter’s Compendium” is not merely one coach’s treatise on how to train for speed. Instead, it presents a wide range of experiences, knowledge, and perspectives from more than 50 expert contributors, who provide their insight into the seemingly simple, yet deceptively complex, process of running faster.
Many people, including athletes, are affected by insufficient, disturbed, or poor-quality sleep. Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps… and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind gives coaches a new perspective on sleep science that they can apply for their own athletes to get necessary high-quality rest and recovery time.
Peak Performance illustrates how the means, methods, and habits of elite performers across all disciplines, whether powerlifter or academic, salesperson or artist, are startlingly similar. More importantly, it focuses on the importance of doing your best and working hard in a sustainable way that doesn’t lead to burnout and unhappiness.
“High-performance” is more than just a name, tons of exotic gizmos, and reams of collected data. Its three defining elements are the proper people, an underlying philosophy, and a culture that encourages excellence and teamwork. With these elements in place, an organization may well be on its way to truly deserving the name.
Communication, sharing, networking and mentoring are vital components of growing and developing the coaching community and the world of athletic performance. Even coaches who are early in their careers can give back, they just have to be creative.
Brett Bartholomew’s “Conscious Coaching: The Art & Science of Building Buy-In” aims to delve deeper into the human aspect of coaching; teaching you how to connect with the individual, the person—and not just the athlete. It points the reader down a path of self-discovery and self-awareness, and the route to becoming a more effective and more impactful coach. Does the book deliver on its promise? Read on for Coach Chris Gallagher’s review.
Coaching is much more than putting the best training programs together for your athletes. Coaching is also about making connections with each athlete on an individual level, so that you understand their specific, personal motivations. This is the reason that communication with athletes is the Holy Grail of coaching—the connection will ultimately make you a better coach.
Squash requires exceptional levels of athleticism. In a skill based sport, physical fitness won’t take players to the top, but it’s criminal to fall short of their technical and tactical potential because their physical abilities are underdeveloped. Squash skill, technique, and tactics remain our training priorities. But watching Miguel Angel Rodriguez bounce around the court almost as fast as the squash ball reinforces how essential strength and conditioning is in modern squash.
Persistence isn’t just necessary to succeed in sports; it’s also necessary to succeed in life. Coach Chris Gallagher tells the story of how he reached his current position as strength and conditioning coach at the Hong Kong Institute of Sport. He found success by making his own opportunities, being flexible, harnessing the power of networking and, above all, persisting in his goals.