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.
While this resource list is not sufficiently comprehensive for the sports clinician, it does provide insight into preparatory means that licensure exams and regulatory bodies don’t typically prioritize. This includes books, articles, videos, programs, DVDs, and studies on critical thinking, physical preparation, pain education, and professional development.
Are you thinking about reading the latest book by Frans Bosch—Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach? Coach Carl Valle reviews some of the information and theories in the book’s chapters, without giving the entire book’s contents away.
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.
The books that pass the test of time are usually principle-driven ones that can help a veteran coach master their craft or a new coach build a foundation. In this article, Coach Carl Valle presents a list of 10 books that performance coaches should try to read this year. While not new, all of the books have something important and timely to be gleaned from them.
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.
Although written in 2003, Mark Guthrie’s Coaching Track & Field Successfully still contains many important tips and techniques that will help improve the skills of track and field coaches at all levels. Guthrie presents techniques and strategies with advice on tools, procedures, philosophies, implementation, and more. He also offers advice from his assistant coaches in their particular levels of expertise. It’s a worthwhile read!