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Coaching in General 

Coaches of Young Athletes and Children

Development Coaches 

Coaches of Elite Athletes

Horizontal and Vertical Jumps


Pole Vault



Sports Biomechanics

Physical Preparation and Other

Coaching in General

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The uCoach website allows athletics coaches to access the plethora of information available to them within the UK and across the world in one location. U Coach provides coaches with coaching documents, multi-media, podcasts, photos and supporting resource as well as supporting up and coming coaches find out about courses, conferences, master-classes and workshops in a comprehensive web calendar.With regular updates covering all events, areas of athlete and coach development and interviews with some of the leading experts in coaching from across the world, U Coach is the Premier website for Athletics Coaches in the UK. For more information visit:


Canadian Athletics Homepage

Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre
The Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre (CACC) was established in October 2003. The Centre recognizes the lineage to this truly spectacular event. The original mandate recognized the need “to create a Canadian Centre dedicated to the participation and excellence in athletics through mentoring, training, education, competition and research for coaches and athletes at all levels of sport.” The web based section of the provides coaches access to multi-media, podcasts, photos and supporting resource for areas such as coach training and education, sports science community education and interviews with some of the leading coaches from across the world. For more information visit:


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'Unsecured Ladders' - Robinson and Harris.
'This is a book that is easy to read and one that you would keep in your briefcase for reference – a Leaders Manual. The book highlights and emphasises that in an unstable world where the unexpected can happen at any time there is an even greater need to know, understand and to hold on to your values. This book helps you to hold up the mirror and to examine objectively your own performance.' - Peter Elliott MBE, Olympic silver medallist and Senior Executive in high performance sport.

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'Coaching for Performance'- Whitmore
This handbook helps readers learn the skills and the art of good coaching, and realize its enormous value in unlocking people's potential to maximize their own performance. Coaching is now recognized as more positive, effective and empowering than instruction in business. Now that coaching is both the tool and essence of company culture change, even the most successful managers are seeking to adapt their style accordingly. As John Whitmore writes, "Coaching is not merely a technique to be wheeled out and rigidly applied in certain prescribed circumstances. It is a way of managing, a way of treating people, a way of thinking, a way of being." Adopted by many of the world's major corporations, this easy-to-use title argues for using questions, rather than instructions and commands, and following the GROW sequence - goals, reality, options, will - to generate prompt action and peak performance. It explores the dynamics of team development, and it positions coaching as the essential team leadership skill. This edition has detailed advice on avoiding a "blame culture", and fostering empowered performance. It contains extensive examples of effective questions for general awareness and responsibility - questions which compel the coachee to think and demand high-resolution focus, are descriptive not judgemental, and provide the coach with a feedback loop. There are new sections on motivation and building self-esteem through coaching, feedback and feed forward, and a new chapter on learning and enjoyment - coaching works directly on the senses, so coaching by its very nature enhances enjoyment.

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'The Coaching Manual'- Starr.
The Coaching Manual is the most current, comprehensive, practical, best-illustrated coaching source I have ever seen. It compellingly teaches the mindset of keeping the responsibility on the coaches combined with a powerful, realistic skill set." Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Are you a good listener? A perceptive observer? Or perhaps you know instinctively when something isn’t ‘right’? We are all born with some coaching ability and the key to becoming a great coach is knowing what your strengths are and building on these. The Coaching Manual will help you do precisely this. Starting from where you are now, you’ll find all the powerful tools, techniques and guidance you need to take you to where you want to be. Both a complete learning experience and an instant source of fresh insight and tips, the manual is your definitive reference throughout your coaching career.

Coaches of Young Athletes and Children

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The Mechanics of Athletics - Geoffrey Dyson
The Mechanics of athletics is widely regarded as one of the most important texts on coaching ever written. As relevant today as the first time it was published, this book looks at the basic principles of mechanics and biomechanics and looks at each of the events specifically in turn. A must read!




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IAAF Run Jump Throw Manual - Harald Muller and Wolfgang Ritzdorf
This simple guide covers all of the athletics events. As you start gaining experience in the techniques required, you'll always want to have this resource to hand as an easy-to-use reference and an invaluable tool. This well-thought-out manual will help you refine athletics techniques with: • an understanding of the key points for teaching and learning the event • a technical model for athletes to emulate • the ability to analyse techniques • a teaching progression of activities through which athletes can learn and develop the desired technique.



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Sports coach UK FUNdamentals of Movement Workshops and DVD Series
These resources cover the key area of the Fundamentals of movement focusing specifically on the ABCs (Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed) of movement. These principles underpin all movement general, sports and event specific skills and are essential in an athlete’s development. There are several workshops and resources including: Fundamentals of Movement – Book, DVD and Workshop, Fundamentals of Balance –DVD and Workshop, Fundamentals of Coordination –DVD and Workshop and Fundamentals of Agility –DVD and Workshop.


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The Talent Code - Dan Coyle
'Talent. You've either got it or you haven't.' Not true, actually. In "The Talent Code", award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured. In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as a music school in Dallas and a tennis academy near Moscow; to demonstrate how the wiring of our brains can be transformed by the way we approach particular tasks. He explains what is really going on when apparently unremarkable people suddenly make a major leap forward. He reveals why some teaching methods are so much more effective than others. Above all, he shows how all of us can achieve our full potential if we set about training our brains in the right way.


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Coaching Children in Sport: Principles and Practice (Paperback)
Children participate in sport at all levels, from school involvement to international competitions. With the growing concern about the mental and physical pressures which can be exerted on a child, the coaches' traditional role is developing and expanding. They now need to be aware of how problems like depression, anxiety, sports injuries, etc occur and how they can be prevented. This book has arisen out of a need for a text which tackles the special issues relating to coaching children (from 6 - 16) in sport. Academics (many with coaching experience) and practitioners have been commissioned to write on their specialist areas. The book contains clear, accessible information divided up into five parts: children in the world of sport, developmental changes in children, psychological aspects of participation, applications to the coaching process, and good practice in coaching. In these parts the theory behind the need for good communication, counselling, training, dealing with injuries, nutrition, etc is given with ample examples of how to put these ideas into practice.

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Coaching Children in Sport - Ian Stafford
All coaches working with children will know that they differ substantially from adults in their capabilities, capacity for development and in their ability to meet the demands that sport places upon them. Coaching Children in Sport provides an up-to-date, authoritative and accessible guide to core knowledge and coaching skills for anybody working with children in sport. Written by a team of leading international coaching experts, teachers, psychologists and specialists in children’s issues in sport and health, the book explains why children should not be treated as mini-adults in sport and helps coaches to devise effective ways of working that not only achieve results but also take into account the best interests of the child. It examines key topics such as: • fundamental coaching skills • coaching philosophies and models • children’s physical and psychosocial development • children’s motivation • safeguarding and child protection issues and coaching ethics • sport and children’s health • talent identification and high performance coaching • reflective practice in sports coaching. Including case studies, practical reflective activities and guides to further reading throughout, Coaching Children in Sport is an essential text for all courses and training programmes in sports coaching. It is also vital reading for all students, teachers and practitioners working with children in sport, physical education or developmental contexts.

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Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine - Neil Armstrong
Now in its second edition, Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine is the leading reference work designed to support and challenge those involved in developmental exercise science and medicine. Since the publication of the first edition, the paediatric sub-specialty has become firmly established as a major component of sport and exercise medicine and this is reflected by a marked increase in research activity and publication. Experimental methods pioneered with adults have been successfully adapted for use with children and new non-invasive techniques have been developed and applied to paediatric research to provide new insights into understanding the exercising child. Incorporating the latest research from established, internationally recognized authors and new contributors who have emerged as leading researchers since the publication of the first edition, each chapter has been comprehensively updated to reflect evidence-based advances in knowledge. The book is extensively cross-referenced to promote access to complementary material and each chapter ends with a bulleted summary to support the rapid identification of key issues.

Development Coaches 

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Transfer of Training - Anatoly Bondarchuk
Transfer of Training presents a fundamental sport training concept, and a great deal of associated data obtained from a fantastic amount of national and world champion level sportsmen, towards any conceivable sporting discipline. In this great text Dr. Bondarchuk, a former world champion and Olympic gold medallist himself and the most successful sport coach in Olympic history, has outlined the significance of ensuring that the training process registers highly in its meaning towards the athlete's further perfection of their discipline rather than simply improving the common measurables that poorly correlate to high sports achievements in disciplines other than power lifting and weightlifting.


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The Mechanics of Athletics - Geoffrey Dyson
The Mechanics of athletics is widely regarded as one of the most important texts on coaching ever written. As relevant today as the first time it was published, this book looks at the basic principles of mechanics and biomechanics and looks at each of the events specifically in turn. A must read!




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Periodisation Training for Sports (Human Kinetics) - Bompa T, Carrera
Bompa demonstrates how to use periodized workouts in order to peak at optimal times by manipulating six different training phases: anatomical adaptation, hypertrophy, maximum strength, conversion to power, maintenance, and transition. A conditioning planner for coaches & athletes in 32 sports, with ready-made training schedules. Tudor Bompa is recognised worldwide as the foremost expert on periodization training. He first developed the concept in Romania in 1963, as he helped the Eastern Bloc countries rise to dominance in world athletics. Since then, Bompa has used his system to train numerous Olympic and world championship medallists and elite athletes. After working for the past 10 years, both as a student and colleague of Tudor Bompa, Michael Carrera has become a specialist in the field of periodization. As director of the Tudor Bompa Training System, Carrera created international sport and fitness certification and education courses for personal trainers.

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Sports Training Principles - Frank .Dick
Written by world renowned coach and President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, Frank Dick, Sports Training Principles is the ultimate reference on training theory and practice for all coaches responsible for developing athletes to fulfil their performance potential. It covers: anatomy and basic biomechanics; energy production systems; psychology, learning procedures and technical training; performance components - strength, speed, endurance and mobility; training cycles, periodization, adaptation to external loading and coaching methods.



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Play Practice: The Games Approach to Teaching and Coaching Sports
An exploration of research methods in physical activity.This fourth edition presents updated information in text, figures and tables. Revisions include additional information on evaluating data and statistical power, the incorporation of multi-variate procedures and new chapters on non-parametric techniques and epidemiology. It covers a broader variety of disciplines including exercise science, kinesiology, movement studies, physical education, sport science and sport studies. The work seeks to improve analytical skills and teach new research methods and techniques.


Coaches of Elite Athletes

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Modern Neuromuscular Techniques - Leon Chaitow
A textbook for practitioners, written in a common language understandable and acceptable to all bodywork therapists and acupressure practitioners. Provides instruction on making precise and systematic evaluations of soft tissue problems and gives up-to-date information of a specific range of related therapeutic techniques. World renowned guru in the field of manual therapy and bodywork. Author of numerous CL titles: Palpation Skills Modern Neuromuscular Technique Fybromyalgia Syndrome Positional Release Techniques Delany and Chaitow: Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Technique vols 1 and 2. Cranial Manipulation Theory and Practice New series in collaboration with Sandy Fritz: A massage therapist's guide to understanding, locating and treating myofascial trigger points A massage therapist's guide to lower back and pelvic pain Chaitow is also involved in several books commissioned from the USA. Editor of Journal of Bodywork and Movement therapies. Also published several books for the general public (published by Thorsons). Travels widely teaching and lecturing, particularly in the USA, Australia, UK and Europe.

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Adaptation in Training - Atko Viru 
Founded on an analysis of scientific literature and backed by an abundance of references, this timely new book examines problems related to sports training, as well as the concept that training-induced changes are founded on adaptive protein synthesis. Discussions include; alterations in the organism's adaptivity during exercise training, intracellular control of protein synthesis points on molecular mechanisms in exercise training, endocrine mechanisms with regard to acute adaptation during exercise, as well as amplification and post-translation control of the adaptive protein synthesis and practical benefits of the adaptation process in training.


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Science and Practice of Strength training. Vladimir Zatsiorky
This book is for those readers interested in muscular strength and ways to enhance its development. It is developed from the vast experience of both authors, who bring to the text documented experiences of more than 1,000 elite athletes, including from Olympic, world, continental and US national record holders. Written for the practitioner, it provides a straightforward examination of the fundamental concepts and principles readers need to understand in order to make decisions on what might be appropriate in the programme design for their athletes. The integration of coaching theory and scientific underpinnings in this new edition continues to promote a more sophisticated approach to strength training.


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Transfer of Training - Anatoly Bondarchuk
Transfer of Training presents a fundamental sport training concept, and a great deal of associated data obtained from a fantastic amount of national and world champion level sportsmen, towards any conceivable sporting discipline. In this great text Dr. Bondarchuk, a former world champion and Olympic gold medallist himself and the most successful sport coach in Olympic history, has outlined the significance of ensuring that the training process registers highly in its meaning towards the athlete's further perfection of their discipline rather than simply improving the common measurables that poorly correlate to high sports achievements in disciplines other than power lifting and weightlifting.


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Super Training by Mel Siff and V Verkoshansky
Supertraining is a textbook which bore the preliminary title The Biomechanics and Physiology of Sport Specific Strength Training when the earliest draft of this book appeared, a title which still describes its content and aims accurately. The first editions (Siff & Verkhoshansky, “Supertraining”) emerged from a combination of Dr Verkhoshansky’s invaluable contributions from his earlier publications, his extensive research and a lifetime of lecturing and many years of analysis and review of Russian strength science and training, as well as from Mel’s personal research, competitive and coaching experience, conference presentations and lecture notes given to undergraduate and postgraduate students in mechanical engineering, physiotherapy, physical education and ergonomics.

Horizontal and Vertical Jumps 

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Winning Jumps and Pole Vault - Jacoby Ed (Human Kinetics 2009)
Long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault are covered, from techniques and training to strategy and mental preparation, "Winning Jumps" is the only book that covers it all. Renowned coach Ed Jacoby and the all-star line-up of Cliff Rovelto, Tom and Kyle Tellez, Irving 'Boo' Schexnayder, Greg Hull, Will Freeman and Keith Henschen share the secrets and strategies that have produced, 15 Olympic gold medallists , 62 NCAA champions and numerous other U.S. and world medallists and champions. Every phase of every event, from approach to take-off to landing is described to convey proper technique. Readers will learn how to recognise and correct common technical flaws and rely on over 25 event specific drills to perfect technique. With pre-event preparation, conditioning programmes and jump and vault strategies, this is the one resource track and field coaches and athletes can't afford to be without.

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High Powered Plyometrics - Radcliffe, J. Farentinos (Human Kinetics, 1999)
Plyometrics is an essential part of strength and conditioning programs for the top athletes in nearly every sport. High-Powered Plyometrics provides the most systematic, comprehensive, and practical study of plyometrics available and can give you performance gains you never thought possible through 77 advanced exercises for explosive sports training. This book gives you a complete plyometric-based training program that really works. No matter what your sport, the practical and effective training regimen presented will give you the greater speed and power components you need to succeed. Progressive training programs also allow you to adjust the level and intensity according to your needs. High-Powered Plyometrics takes you step-by-step through high-level plyometric training, beginning with an understanding of the principles of how and why plyometrics works. It details proper training techniques and equipment, safety and injury prevention, and targeted training drills to develop your lower, middle, and upper body. You also get advanced tips to take you to the elite stages of training with discussions on periodization, long-term planning, and progression training. More than 350 photos-most presented sequentially-make the concepts, descriptions, and explanations easy to understand.. More than 350 photos-most presented sequentially-make the concepts, descriptions, and explanations easy to understand.

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Complete book of Jumps - Ed Jacoby & bob Fraley
In this book, the authors draw upon a combined 60 years of coaching experience to help track and field athletes at all levels of competition improve their jumping technique, training and performance. The book features clear instruction combined with detailed illustrations for these four jumping events: long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault. In part one, the authors explore mechanical factors common to all jumps, components of the approach run, and strength and power training for jumpers. They share ideas for the development of technique, including how to avoid flaws that slow the approach, tips for achieving maximum height at take-off, how to use the number of strides to determine runway approach distances, and 10 plyometric drills to add strength and power specifically for jumping. Part two features event-specific technique and training information. Devoting a chapter to each event, the book analyzes the various phases of each jump, from approach to take-off to landing. Eleven multiple-frame illustrations from the performances of record-setting jumpers help to demonstrate the proper technique.

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The Jumps - Contemporary Theory, Technique & Training – Jess Jarver
Contemporary Theory, Technique and Training, Jess Jarver, ed. 32 articles from the recent literature on the four jumping events: high jump, long jump, triple jump and pole vault. Must reading for the coach and serious athlete. Illustrated, with all-new articles.





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Healthy intelligent training – Livingston
Based on the proven principles of Arthur Lydiard - Runners World "Coach of the Century" - this is a must-have volume for anyone involved in middle-distance running. "Healthy Intelligent Training" provides readers with an easy-to-follow guide to the principles and training techniques that guided numerous athletes from across the globe to World Records and Olympic Gold. Written by a former national-level runner, with contributions from Olympic medallists and coaches, this superb volume shows you how to plan and follow your own training program to reach peak performance when you want. Keith Livingston is a successful chiropractor, and an avid middle distance runner. He has trained and raced with many of the world's best runner's.


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Track & Field Omnibook - Doherty
As a textbook, Track & Field Omnibook has no equal. For students in college PE track & field classes, it will be the one book they need to understand and teach any and all events in the track & field program. No other book prepares a beginner to coach the sport like Omnibook. But it is also a must-have for veteran coaches. It has been used as a primary one-stop reference for more than 20 years, and now this edition steps up to perform that function for today’s high school and college coach.



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Running - The BK Method [DVD]
DVD1: Beginner to advanced runners Running techniques, injury prevention, training advices, speed training and efficiency improvement. DVD2: Professional runners.




Pole Vault

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Beginner to Bubka and Isenbyva too - Alan Launder
Serious students of this challenging event will find the Petrov/Bubka technical model presented in the minutest detail. They will learn why it is the most effective model for pole vaulters at all levels of performance, how an athletes 'style' overlays their technical model, which in turn should be based on the principles of biomechanics



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Winning Jumps and Pole Vault - Jacoby Ed (Human Kinetics 2009)
Long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault are covered, from techniques and training to strategy and mental preparation, "Winning Jumps" is the only book that covers it all. Renowned coach Ed Jacoby and the all-star line-up of Cliff Rovelto, Tom and Kyle Tellez, Irving 'Boo' Schexnayder, Greg Hull, Will Freeman and Keith Henschen share the secrets and strategies that have produced, 15 Olympic gold medallists , 62 NCAA champions and numerous other U.S. and world medallists and champions. Every phase of every event, from approach to take-off to landing is described to convey proper technique. Readers will learn how to recognise and correct common technical flaws and rely on over 25 event specific drills to perfect technique. With pre-event preparation, conditioning programmes and jump and vault strategies, this is the one resource track and field coaches and athletes can't afford to be without.



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Running- Bosch and Klomp
This richly illustrated work presents innovative training concepts based on recent scientific research and extensive knowledge of the everyday practice of training. It provides running trainers, physiotherapists and physical exercise teachers with the latest insights into the training of running. The training as presented here is based on biomechanical principles. Scientific insights are translated into practical training techniques in the discussion of topics such as running technique, energy supply processes and adaptation through training. Frans Bosch was educated as a teacher in physical education. Since 1999 is he working for the Royal Netherlands Track and Field Association (KNAU) as trainer-coach of an elite-group runners and jumpers. Ronald Klomp was also trainer for the KNAU. Since 2001 he has his own international group of elite runners. After his graduation as a teacher in Physical Education he studied Human Movement Sciences at the Free University of Amsterdam.

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The Mechanics of Sprinting and Hurdling (2011 edition) – Ralph Mann Ph.D.
Dr. Mann is the man, behind the man—teaching college and elite coaches the finer points of sprinting that helps the U.S. stay on top of the game. He is a doctor of mechanics, assisting runners with becoming human bullets. The results of his work can be seen in the mountains of U.S. won medals at world championships and Olympic Games. Dr. Mann’s manual, The Mechanics of Sprinting and Hurdling, is a must-read for track coaches and represents 25 years of research, filming, and evaluation of every top U.S. athlete.


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High Performance Middle Distance running - Dave Sunderland
Aimed at both athletes involved in competitive middle distance running and their coaches, this invaluable volume, based on the author's forty years' experience in athletics, is essential reading for all those who wish to improve their performance. Throughout the book the author adopts a practical coaching approach based on sound principles and on the belief that nothing be left to chance and that 'perfect preparation makes for perfect practice'. Topics covered: Time Management, support systems, the review and evaluation of the season, planning, target setting and race selection Technique, the enhancement of the essential qualities needed by the athlete, training systems, conditioning training methods and mobility exercises Key training sessions, levels of training intensity, progressions, schedules, race strategies, tactics, rest, regeneration and injury prevention.

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Better training for distance runners – Coe and Martin
This text integrates scientific principles about how the body adapts to training with practical information on designing individualized training programmes for middle- and long-distance runners. It covers: the biomechanics and biochemistry of running; goal-setting for competitive runners; developing a plan for total body fitness; strategies for successful racing from the 800-metre through the marathon; integrating psychological and physiological aspects of athlete development; and stress management.



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This book is great if you're looking for detailed workouts over a whole season of training. It really takes the guess work out of trying to figure out what workouts to do when. Excellent info for all runners up to elite levels. Well detailed...




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Now revised, expanded and updated, Lore of Running gives you incomparable detail on physiology, training, racing, injuries, world-class athletes, and races. Author Tim Noakes blends the expertise of a physician and research scientist with the passion of a dedicated runner to answer the most pressing questions for those who are serious about the sport: · How your body systems respond to training, the effects of different training methods, how to detect and avoid overtraining, and genetic versus trainable potential · How to train for the 10K up through ultramarathon with detailed programs from Noakes and several leading running experts · How to prevent and treat injuries, increase your strength and flexibility, and use proper nutrition for weight control and maximum performance You will also find a candid analysis of supplements and ergogenic effects and training aids. The book includes new interviews with 10 world-class runners who share their secrets to success and longevity in the sport. Features on legendary figures and events in running history provide fascinating insights. And that s just scratching the surface. Lore of Running is not only the biggest and best running publication on the planet. It s the one book every runner should own.

Sports Biomechanics

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Anthony J. Blazevich
For coaches, "Sports Biomechanics: the basics" answers real-world questions in sports using easily comprehensible language and clear and concise diagrams. Each chapter is devoted to answering questions in a single area of sports biomechanics with the scientific underpinnings of sports performance clearly explained. Biomechanics is simply the science of 'mechanics', a particular section of physics, as it relates to the human body. Because of the use of maths and physics to explain biomechanical concepts, coaches often find it difficult to grasp the basic elements of biomechanics. Anthony Blazevich's book is designed to explain the key concepts of biomechanics, using clear examples to relate theory to practice.


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Muscles, Testing and Function - Kendall, Florence; McCreary, Elizabeth; Provance, Patricia
This renowned classic provides unparalleled coverage of manual muscle testing, plus evaluation and treatment of faulty and painful postural conditions. The thoroughly updated Fifth Edition is completely reorganized and has new, expanded treatment and exercise sections in each chapter. Other features include a new section on post-polio syndrome, additional case studies comparing Guillain-Barre to polio muscle tests, a new full-colour design, and a first-of-its-kind chart of upper extremity articulations. A bonus Primal Anatomy CD-ROM contains a three-dimensional interactive model of the human body. Students can rotate the model and add or subtract layers of anatomy to strengthen their knowledge.

Physical Preparation and Other

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Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (third edition) - Baechle and Earle. Published by Human Kinetics.
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Third Edition, provides the latest and most comprehensive information on the structure and function of body systems, training adaptations, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, program design, and organization and administration of facilities. The third edition presents the most current strength training and conditioning research and applications in a logical format designed for increased retention of key concepts. The text is organized into five sections. The first three sections provide a theoretical framework for application in section 4, the program design portion of the book. The final section offers practical strategies for administration and management of strength and conditioning facilities.

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Facilitated Stretching (third edition) - Robert E. McAtee and Jeff Charland. Published by Human Kinetics
Facilitated Stretching, Third Edition, provides a useful overview of PNF stretching—a safe and easy-to-use method that involves stretching the muscle, contracting it isometrically against resistance, then stretching it again to a new range of motion. These steps apply whether you are isolating one muscle at a time or using the spiral-diagonal patterns of PNF to stretch groups of muscles simultaneously. The third edition contains all the great features of the previous edition, plus the following:

  • A companion DVD that demonstrates live stretching techniques from the book for a clearer understanding
  • New stretching routines for a variety of popular activities including running, golf, swimming, cycling, and throwing and racket sports
  • General stretches and stretches for older participants
  • Stretching activities with added strength work using stability balls and elastic bands
  • Stretching and strengthening tips for dealing with—and even preventing—common soft-tissue injuries.

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Strength Training for Young Athletes - William J. Kraemer & Steven J. Fleck
The authoritative development guide to strength training for 7-18 year olds. Covers staring age recommendations, exercises, frequency, rate progression and more. William Kraemer and Steven Fleck are two of the top strength training researchers in the world. William Kraemer is a past president of the NSCA and is currently editor of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Steven Fleck is the former head of the Physical Conditioning Department for the U.S. Olympic Committee.



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Athletic Development: The Art and Science of Functional Sports Conditioning - Vern Gambetta. Published by Human Kinetics.
Aimed at strength and conditioning professionals, as well as serious athletes and coaches across a wide variety of sports that are interested in challenging conventional wisdom and innovation and change to improve the athletes they are working with. This work covers all aspects of training from sport analysis and athlete evaluation to building speed, power and strength. It examines how theories and practices have evolved into today's state of the art methods for maximizing performance. From sport-specific demands to movement skill enhancement, training progressions to optimal performance, rest and regeneration techniques to training programs, this text covers all the bases in modern functional sports conditioning.

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Sport, stability & performance movement: great technique - Joanne Elphinston
Absolutely brilliant. I have read so many books and papers over the years and not yet come across a book that links the missing pieces of structural dysfunction and exercise. It puts the practical experience and scientific theories into a simplified text book that really does explain the how's, when's and why's to poor body alignments/movements. The book is very user friendly; any body involved in any form of exercise or rehab should be reading this. It is so simple to follow; it doesn't use complicated jargon, has great photos, several explanations, and ample of clinically reasoned common sense. £25 is far too cheap; this book is invaluable; extremely informative; 10 out of 10. Spotting movement dysfunction and correcting it has always been difficult. I have worked as a personal trainer for 10 years and a physio for 4 of them, and I found this book a brilliant read. I wish I had this book years ago; it would have saved me a lot of time and money.

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Athletic Ability & The Anatomy of Motion
This book explains the anatomy function of different parts of the body and examines the types of movement important in sports activities. This book gives a detailed analysis of movement, general characteristics of bones, joints, and muscles, as well as guidelines for flexibility and strength training. It emphasizes important factors for maximizing performance and is a bridge between biomechanics and the practice of sport.



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Sporting Body, Sporting Mind: Athlete’s Guide to Mental Training - John Syer and Christopher Connolly.
This book gives an excellent guide to mental preparation which can be used both in the sporting and working worlds. It gives high-level guidance for both coaches and athletes in an area which is widely ignored in the amateur sporting world. The fundamental techniques which allow the job in hand to be focussed on entirely are explained simply and clearly. Focussing the individual/team efforts in the manners detailed in this book could mean the difference between success and failure. I have successfully used the techniques contained within the book and I can highly recommend it.


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Understanding Sports Coaching: The Social, Cultural and Pedagogical Foundations of Coaching Practice (third edition) - Cassidy, Jones and Potrac. Published by Routledge.
A successful sport coaching is as dependent on utilising good teaching and social practices as it is about expertise in sport skills and tactics. Understanding Sports Coaching offers an innovative introduction to the theory and practice of sports coaching, highlighting the social, cultural and pedagogical concepts underpinning good coaching practice. Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, the book explores the complex interplay between coach, athlete, coaching programme and social context, and encourages coaches to develop an open and reflective approach to their own coaching practice. It addresses key issues such as:

  • power and the coach-athlete relationship
  • viewing the athlete as a learner
  • instructional methods and reflection
  • how our view of ability informs assessment
  • coaching philosophy and ethics.
  • Understanding Sports Coaching also includes a full range of practical exercises and case studies designed to encourage coaches to reflect critically upon their own coaching strategies, their interpersonal skills and upon important issues in contemporary sports coaching. This book is essential reading for all students of sports coaching and for any professional coach looking to develop their coaching expertise.


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Strength and Conditioning for Sport - Clive Brewer (2008). Published by Coachwise 
Fully revised edition now available challenging old ideas and suggesting new answers to old problems for coaches and athletes alike, this larger and more comprehensive second edition is littered with comprehensive explanatory photos and will allow coaches to: learn the basic principles of strength and conditioning theory use theory in practical applications find out why different training programmes can produce different results Coaches are constantly challenged to devise new methods of improving performance in their athletes. One important method of raising performance at all levels of sport is by increasing the fitness of the athletes involved. On a very basic level, fitness deals with specific strength, speed, power and endurance capabilities. In recent years, recognition of the importance of fitness parameters has led to an explosion in various strength and conditioning resources and methods. This book lays out the basic principles underlying strength and conditioning theory as well as detailed information on how to use the theory in practical applications. Furthermore, there are excellent explanations as to why different training programmes can produce different results. Explains how and why these latest training methods work supported by evidence to explain why these methods work Accompanied by specific guidelines allowing coaches to implement drills and principles
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Developing Sports Expertise: Researchers and Coaches put Theory into Practice. - Farrow, D., Baker, J. & MacMahon, C. (2008). Published by Routledge.
An athlete’s development from ‘ordinary’ talent to elite accomplishment in sport is a long one. The emergence and fine tuning of high level sport skills takes place in increments over many years and is a journey that fascinates sport scientists, sports coaches and sports fans alike. Developing Sports Expertise, the first available textbook for undergraduates in sports skills development, examines the science behind sports skill acquisition and explores the application of science to optimal sports training, and talent identification. The text also contains Coaches Corner insets throughout to provide effective day-to-day advantage based on in the text. Edited by three of the world’s leading scientists in sports skills acquisition and with contributions from both world class coaches and cutting edge researchers, this textbook provides comprehensive, authoritative guide to the field.
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The Physiology of Training: Advances in Sport and Exercise Science series - Gregory Whyte, Neil Spurway & Don MacLaren (2006). Published by Churchill Livingstone.
This book provides an in-depth explanation of coaching science using both theoretical and practical models for training, across a wide range of sporting disciplines. It uniquely encompasses the increasing number of available research and review publications, supported by practical examples. The editorial and author team include Olympic and World Championship medallists from a variety of sports, enabling them to offer a unique perspective on the presentation of coaching science.


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The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness - Dr Steve Peters (2013).
The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Dr Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can; recognise how your mind is working, understand and manage your emotions and thoughts and manage yourself and become the person you would like to be.
The Chimp Mind Management Model is based on scientific facts and principles, which have been simplified into a workable model for easy use. It will help you to develop yourself and give you the skills, for example, to remove anxiety, have confidence and choose your emotions. The book will do this by giving you an understanding of the way in which your mind works and how you can manage it. It will also help you to identify what is holding you back or preventing you from having a happier and more successful life. Each chapter explains different aspects of how you function and highlights key facts for you to understand. There are also exercises for you to work with. By undertaking these exercises you will see immediate improvements in your daily living and, over time, you will develop emotional skills and practical habits that will help you to become the person that you want to be, and live the life that you want to live.

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Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance – Dr Kelly Starrett (2013).
Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat body stiffness and achy joints, and rehabilitate injuries all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist or masseur. In Becoming a Supple Leopard, Kelly Starrett founder of shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own human movement, allowing you to live a healthy, happier, more fulfilling life. Performance is what drives the human animal, but the human animal can be brought to an abrupt halt by dysfunctional movement patterns. Oftentimes, the factors that impede performance are invisible to not only the untrained eye, but also the majority of athletes and coaches. Becoming a Supple Leopard makes the invisible visible. In this one of a kind training manual, Starrett maps out a detailed system comprised of more than two hundred techniques and illuminates common movement errors that cause injury and rob you of speed, power, endurance and strength. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or simply someone wanting to live a healthy life free from restrictions, Becoming a Supple Leopard will teach you how to maintain your body and harness your genetic potential.

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Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches – Greg Everett (2012).
Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches is the most comprehensive and practical text available on learning and teaching the Olympic lifts for athletes of all disciplines. Progressing logically from start to finish, the book covers every aspect of learning and training with both the simplicity necessary for the novice and the complexity desired by the more advanced.

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Vladimir M Zatsiorsky
This book addresses the complexity of strength training programs while providing straightforward approaches to take under specific circumstances. Those approaches are applied to new physiological concepts and training practices, which provide readers with the most current information in the science and practice of strength training. The approaches are also applied to the three new chapters, which will help readers design safe and effective strength training programs for women, young athletes, and seniors.

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Tudor O. Bompa, G.Gregory Haff
The book contains detailed plans for training the body's energy and neuromuscular systems: aerobic training for stamina, anaerobic training for power and speed and resistance training for strength. Periodization, Theory and Methodology of Training is the ultimate conditioning planner to train smarter, not harder, in gaining an edge over the competition.



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