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  • "Up To Speed" by Christine Yu

    “Up to Speed is a roadmap and toolbox for athletes of all ages. Every coach should read it and discuss it with their athletes. I wish I had been able to read this book while I was competing.” —Kara Goucher, Olympic long-distance runner and author of The Longest Race

    How the latest science can he...

  • Working through the Dark

    He gave it everything he had while he was in the NFL. But his story doesn't start there.

    There was a point in his life when he had to make a deliberate decision not to allow his childhood abuse define him any longer. In many ways his story is not unique; in fact, it is all too common. Because of...

  • The flight of your life

    You know that you are moving, but you really aren't going anywhere.

    Confined by and defined by laziness, loss, or limitations, you continually live beneath your potential while living up to everyone else's expectations. You are living a life led by compulsion. You have lost touch with the power ...

  • Remember Henry Harris

    For four years, Henry Harris went one-on-one with racism, the Old South colliding with a New South in the life of one brave young man out of Alabama's Black Belt. Every night he stepped onto the court for Auburn he wasn't challenging the Wildcats, Bulldogs, or Crimson Tide but the hardened, dogge...

  • Achieving Excellence

    Perform to your potential with proven mental training techniques! Achieving Excellence: Mastering the Mindset for Peak Performance in Sport and Life offers a variety of peak performance strategies to help athletes, coaches, and performers of all kinds achieve a winning mindset. The book explores ...

  • Applied Sport Mechanics

    Applied Sport Mechanics, Fourth Edition With Web Study Guide, helps undergraduate students understand how the fundamental laws of human movement affect athletes’ performances. Foundational principles of kinetics, kinematics, and sports technique are clearly presented and then explored through a v...

  • Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes

    Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes discusses how to improve coaching success and athletic performance through the application of teaching principles and theories. Delving deeper than an explanation of what athletes learn and what coaches teach, Applying Educational Psychology in...

  • Breathe, Focus, Excel

    Breathe, Focus, Excel: Exercises, Techniques, and Strategies for Optimal Athletic Performance

    You train your body for peak conditioning. You train your mind for mental toughness. Now train your breathing patterns to achieve your ultimate athletic potential.

    In Breathe, Focus, Excel, Harvey Mart...

  • Coach Education and Development in Sport: Instructional Strategies

    Coach Education and Development in Sport: Instructional Strategies
    Edited by Bettina Callary & Brian Gearity

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    Global interest in quality sport coaching is at an all-time high, but until now, there hasn’t been a go-to resource to help national governing bodies, ...

  • Coach Education Essentials

    Sport coaches have a tremendous influence—positive or negative—in the lives of athletes. Too often, however, the delivery of quality coaching is left to chance. Athletes deserve coaches who create positive environments, foster skill development, and build character.

    In Coach Education Essentia...

  • Coaching Better Every Season

    Coaching Better Every Season: A Year-Round System for Athlete Development and Program Success

    Maximize the development of your athletes and team throughout the year, and just maybe win a postseason title in the process. Coaching Better Every Season: A Year-Round System for Athlete Development an...

  • Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison

    A brilliant work from the most influential philosopher since Sartre.

    In this indispensable work, a brilliant thinker suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body t...

  • Diversity and Inclusion Matters: Tactics and Tools

    Diversity and Inclusion Matters: Tactics and Tools to Inspire Equity and Game-Changing Performance -
    1st Edition
    by Jason R. Thompson

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    Expert guidance and step-by-step instruction for building a successful diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative from scra...

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Sport 

    As the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion continues to be of growing importance across all businesses, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Sport provides a comprehensive examination of DEI issues across the sport industry. This text’s emphasis on application and critical thinking will guid...

  • Essentials of Strength Training & Conditioning

    Developed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and now in its fourth edition, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the essential text for strength and conditioning professionals and students. This comprehensive resource, created by 30 expert contributors in ...

  • Foucault, Sport and Exercise: Power, Knowledge and Transforming the Self

    Michel Foucault’s work profoundly influences the way we think about society, in particular how we understand social power, the self, and the body. This book gives an innovative and entirely new analysis of is later works making it a one-stop guide for students, exploring how Foucauldian theory ca...

  • Foundations of Professional Coaching

    Foundations of Professional Coaching: Models, Methods, and Core Competencies

    Foundations of Professional Coaching With HKPropel Access is the essential guide to developing coaching skills and creating influential coaching relationships. Offering foundational concepts and underlying principles of...

  • Game of Deception

    Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany
    By Andrew Maraniss

    September 9, 2020

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    From the New York Times bestselling author of Strong Inside comes the remarkable true story of the bir...

  • Good To Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

    The Challenge:
    Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.

    But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? Ho...

  • History & Philosophy of Physical Activity

    Blending historical grounding and philosophical insights regarding sport and physical activity, History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity covers the historical and philosophical dimensions of the study of human movement. This cross-disciplinary text shows how theory in the humanities ...

  • ICEE Sport Coaches' Handbook

    While the impact of coaches on their athletes has been appreciated for more than a century, only recently have researchers reached a consensus concerning the key coaching principles and methods that consistently ensure the most positive outcomes for athletes and coaches. Sport Coaches’ Handbook p...

  • Inaugural Ballers

    Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First US Women's Olympic Basketball Team
    by Andrew Maraniss

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    From the New York Times bestselling author of Strong Inside comes the inspirational true story of the birth of women’s Olympic basketball at the 1976 Summer G...

  • In Pursuit of Excellence

    In the Pursuit of Excellence: How to win in Sport & Life Through mental Training.
    Whether you’re an athlete, aspiring coach, or business professional, the ultimate goal remains the same: reaching your potential.

    Author Terry Orlick, an internationally acclaimed sport psychologist, has helped hu...

  • Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry

    From baseball to biology, an award-winning journalist highlights the power of team chemistry in this "terrific" data-driven investigation of human relationships (Billie Jean King).

    Does team chemistry actually exist? Is there scientific or mathematical proof? Is team chemistry as real and releva...