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Best Sports Science Books To Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Sports Science books.

1. The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance (2014)

 Best Sports Science Books To Read. The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?  In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations…
Author(s): David Epstein

2. Science of Sports Training: How to Plan and Control Training for Peak Performance (2001)

 Best Sports Science Books To ReadThe purpose of athletic training is to achieve the highest possible sports result (for a given individual). Training is efficient if this result is achieved with a minimal expenditure of time and energy. In accordance with the above statements, tells the reader how to achieve maximal results with minimum of effort. The book describes optimal sequence of types of efforts (exercises) in a workout, in a weekly cycle of workouts and in longer periods, and explains physiological basis for these arrangements. It covers all effective methods of developing any…
Author(s): Thomas Kurz, Mikolaj Zagorski

3. Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport (2016)

 Best Sports Science Books To ReadLumpkin’s Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport provides students with an exciting opportunity to discover the diversity of physical education, exercise science, and sport, as well as the wealth of careers available in these fields. Additionally, this text provides the principles, history, and future of physical education, exercise science and sport. Lumpkin’s clear writing style engages the reader while covering the most important introductory topics in this updated introduction to the world of Physical Education. The Connect course for this offering includes SmartBook, an adaptive reading and study…
Author(s): Angela Lumpkin

4. Sport and Exercise Science: An Introduction (2012)

 Best Sports Science Books To ReadSport and Exercise Science: An Introduction provides a broad-based foundation in the major areas that underpin the scientific study of sport and exercise science, thus helping undergraduate students to develop a sound understanding of human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, metabolism, biomechanics and psychology related to sport, exercise and health. It includes a range of useful features in every chapter, including clear explanations of key concepts, colour diagrams and photographs, activities and summaries to reinforce understanding, and on-line support materials…
Author(s): Dean A. Sewell, Philip Watkins , et al.

5. New Functional Training for Sports (2016)

 Best Sports Science Books To ReadTrain to perform at the highest level with the lowest risk of injury. New Functional Training for Sports, Second Edition produces the best results on the court, field, track, and mat, not just in the weight room. Michael Boyle, one of the world’s leading sport performance coaches, presents the concepts, methods, exercises, and programs that maximize athletes’ movements in competition. A series of functional assessments help in determining the design of a specific plan for each athlete. Self-reinforcing progressions in exercises for the lower body, core, upper body, and ultimately total body give athletes the…
Author(s): Michael J Boyle

6. Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation (2015)

 Best Sports Science Books To ReadWorld-class rehabilitation of the injured athlete integrates best practice in sports medicine and physical therapy with training and conditioning techniques based on cutting-edge sports science. In this ground-breaking new book, leading sports injury and rehabilitation professionals, strength and conditioning coaches, biomechanists and sport scientists show how this integrated model works across the spectrum of athlete care. In every chapter, there is a sharp focus on the return to performance, rather than just a return to play. The book introduces evidence-based best practice…
Author(s): David Joyce

Best Sports Science Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some sports science books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Basketball Sports Medicine and Science

Author(s): Lior Laver, Baris Kocaoglu, Brian Cole, Amelia J. H. Arundale, Jeffrey Bytomski, Annunziato Amendola
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 44 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2814207

Ultimate Performance Analysis Tool (uPATO): Implementation of Network Measures Based on Adjacency Matrices for Team Sports

Author(s): Frutuoso G. M. Silva, Quoc Trong Nguyen, Acácio F.P.P. Correia, Filipe Manuel Clemente, Fernando Manuel Lourenço Martins
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2312353

Proceedings of the 3rd International Colloquium on Sports Science, Exercise, Engineering and Technology: ICoSSEET 2016, 20-22 November 2016, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Author(s): Norasrudin Sulaiman, Shariman Ismadi Ismail, Rahmat Adnan
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2313444

Machine Learning in Sports: Identifying Potential Archers

Author(s): Rabiu Muazu Musa, Zahari Taha, Anwar P.P.Abdul Majeed, Mohamad Razali Abdullah
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2313963

Peak The New Science of Athletic Performance That is Revolutionizing Sports

Author(s): Marc Bubbs
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 14 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2372379

Toward a Better Understanding of Rule-Breaking Market Behavior: Insights from Performance Breakthroughs in Sports

Author(s): Ann-Kathrin Veenendaal
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407882

Machine Learning and Data Mining for Sports Analytics: 5th International Workshop, MLSA 2018, Co-located with ECML/PKDD 2018, Dublin, Ireland, September 10, 2018, Proceedings

Author(s): Ulf Brefeld, Jesse Davis, Jan Van Haaren, Albrecht Zimmermann
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 43 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408097

Sports and Energy Drinks

Author(s): Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai; Holban, Alina Maria
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd. : Woodhead Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2486524

Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science, Canoeing

Author(s): Berglund, Bo; McKenzie, Don
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2362635

Book of wildly spectacular sports science: 60 hands-on experiments from baseball ballistics ... to karate kinetics

Author(s): Connolly, Sean
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Year: 2017;2016, Size: 21 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2581516

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly record-breakers according to USA Today, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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