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  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

    Hailed as one of the most insightful psychology books, this work provides invaluable guidance for effective communication, a critical skill for any leader.

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/48lAo7m

  • Research Handbook on Gender and Diversity in Sport Management

    Edited by two pioneers in sport management, coaching, and sociology, this massive book breaks new ground on leading with gender and diversity in sport. If you truly care about making sport inclusive, pick up a copy and work your way through it.

  • Stealing Fire

    Building on the concepts introduced in 'The Rise of Superman', this book shares insights gained from collaboration with top performers across various fields. It's a compelling follow-up, offering deeper understanding of 'flow' and performance.

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/3RoUAyi

  • The Rise of Superman

    Discover the science of 'flow' and its incredible impact on performance, both in sports and beyond. Kotler explores how this state of being can transform our abilities and decision-making skills, making it a crucial element for any leader in sports.

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/3trUVbB

  • Barking up the Wrong Tree

    Barker's engaging and insightful exploration of success covers all its facets. His ability to distill complex ideas into understandable concepts makes this book a valuable resource for understanding and achieving success in various life aspects.

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/3trUVbB

  • The Talent Code

    A deep dive into accelerated learning, this book uncovers the secrets of enhancing your learning rate. Coyle's work has influenced training programs globally, making it a must-read for those looking to excel in every aspect of life.

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/3v0uyK6

  • Sport & Society: Issues and Controversies (14th Edition)

    With a shoutout to SPKN contributor Dr. Jay Coakley, this book authored by Jay is in its 14th edition and 4th decade. A reader-friendly text, Jay has a way of making the complex easy to understand and weaving in varying cases, pictures, and key points.

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/41ytnOv

  • Coaching Masters Athletes: Advancing Research and Practice in Adult Sport

    Edited by the world leading scholars on masters athletes, this is the first of its kind book on the subject. Whether it be expanding your clientele, coaching adults better, or learning about the science of adult learning (i.e., andragogy), pick up a copy and expand your horizons.

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  • Facility Planning and Design for Health, Physical Activity, Recreation, & Sport

    A cornerstone tomb of a book for decades, this edited book is now in its 14th edition. Spanning all sorts of sport contexts and facilities issues, get prepared to lead and manage facilities ethically, legally, and, of course, effectively.

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  • Social Psychology in Sport

    Insiders in higher education have been eagerly awaiting an update to the trailblazing first edition of this book. See how society and individual performance goes hand in hand and expose yourself or deepen your understanding to some ideas and coaching practices.

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/3RTpArP

  • Soul of an Athlete

    Embark on an extraordinary journey through the lives of former Olympic and professional athletes, transcending sports and borders. "Soul of An Athlete" explores the wisdom and invaluable life lessons that lie within athletics. It's not just about the victories or records; it's about the relentles...

  • "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...