Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Sports Psychology. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Who would have thought something as simple as changing the way we breathe could be so revolutionary for our health, from snoring to allergies to immunity? A fascinating book, full of dazzling revelations' Dr Rangan Chatterjee There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. In Breath , journalist James Nestor travels the world to discover the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can: - jump-start athletic performance - rejuvenate internal organs - halt snoring, allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease, and even straighten scoliotic spines None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of ancient wisdom and cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.

  • Author: James Nestor
  • Publisher: Penguin Life (July 8, 2021)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-0241289129
  • Dimensions: 5.08 x 0.71 x 7.8 inches

                 

2. Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

Featuring a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell Writing from both the cutting edge of scientific discovery and the front-lines of elite athletic performance, National Magazine Award-winning science journalist Alex Hutchinson presents a revolutionary account of the dynamic and controversial new science of endurance. The capacity to endure is perhaps the key trait that separates champions and determines great performance in any field - from a 100-meter sprint to a 100-mile ultramarathon, from summiting Everest to acing finals. But what if everything we've been taught about endurance was wrong? What if we all have more potential than we think to go farther, push harder, and achieve more? Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell - who forewords the book - Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests that the seemingly physical barriers you encounter are mediated as much by your brain as by your body. But it's not "all in your head." For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores - pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel - he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and muscle by telling the riveting stories of men and women who've approached (and sometimes surpassed) their own ultimate limits. As the longtime "Sweat Science" columnist for Outside and Runner's World as well as a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and New York Times , Hutchinson draws on his background as a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist. But the lessons he draws from traveling to labs around the world and trying out new endurance-boosting techniques like electric brain stimulation and brain endurance training are surprisingly universal. Endurance, he writes, is "the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop" - and we're always capable of pushing a little farther.

  • Author: Alex Hutchinson
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Biological Sciences, Anatomy & Physiology

                 

3. A Year of Positive Thinking: Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

Harness the power of positive thinking―daily inspiration, wisdom, and courage Yes―you can change your life by changing your thoughts. In A Year of Positive Thinking , you’ll transform your mindset to create positive life changes―one thought, one day, and one year at a time. Whether you’re new to journaling or you write regularly, this book empowers you with positive thinking through quick and digestible affirmations based on positive psychology, neuroscience, and personal development. Spanning one full year, these daily prompts guide you by helping you visualize and live your best life. A Year of Positive Thinking features: 365 days of positive thinking ―Discover simple, effective exercises, mantras, and reflections for self-respect, kindness, and love. A flexible format ―Start journaling at any time, any day, and any moment when you’re ready. Inspirational expertise ―Draw on psychology, neuroscience, and other secular schools of thought that enable positive thinking. Better living through positivity awaits you with A Year of Positive Thinking .

  • Author: Cyndie Spiegel
  • Publisher: Althea Press (December 11, 2018)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Worship & Devotion
  • ISBN: 978-1641522410
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 6.5 inches

                 

4. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

The  #1 New York Times  bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS , Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more. “The most important business—and parenting—book of the year.” — Forbes “Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.” —Daniel H. Pink    Shortlisted for the  Financial Times /McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.     David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing,  Range  makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.

  • Author: David Epstein
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (April 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-0735214507
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.96 x 8.2 inches

                 

5. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

Master your  game from the inside out! With more than 800,000 copies sold since it was first published thirty years ago, this phenomenally successful guide has become a touchstone for hundreds of thousands of people. Not just for tennis players, or even just for athletes in general, this handbook works for anybody who wants to improve his or her performance in any activity, from playing music to getting ahead at work. W. Timothy Gallwey, a leading innovator in sports psychology, reveals how to • focus your mind to overcome nervousness, self-doubt, and distractions • find the state of “relaxed concentration” that allows you to play at your best • build skills by smart practice, then put it all together in match play Whether you're a beginner or a pro, Gallwey's engaging voice, clear examples, and illuminating anecdotes will give you the tools you need to succeed. “Introduced to The Inner Game of Tennis  as a graduate student years ago, I recognized the obvious benefits of W. Timothy Gallwey's teachings. . . . Whether we are preparing for an inter-squad scrimmage or the National Championship Game, these principles lie at the foundation of our program.”—from the Foreword by Pete Carroll

  • Author: W. Timothy Gallwey
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Revised ed. edition (May 27, 1997)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0679778318
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.44 x 8 inches

                 



6. The Plant-Based Athlete: A Game-Changing Approach to Peak Performance


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

INSTANT  NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER  The only research-based guide for connecting a plant-based diet with peak athletic performance, featuring interviews with professional athletes who've made the switch from meat to plants. The Plant-Based Athlete  by Matt Frazier and Robert Cheeke reveals the incontrovertible proof that the human body does not need meat, eggs, or dairy to be strong. Instead, research shows that a consciously calibrated plant-based diet offers the greatest possible recovery times, cell oxidation, injury prevention, and restorative sleep, and allows athletes to train more effectively, with better results. However, committing to a plant-based diet as an elite athlete, first-time marathoner, or weekend warrior isn't as simple as swapping vegetables for meat. Even the slightest food adjustments can impact performance. That's why Matt Frazier, founder of No Meat Athlete, and Robert Cheeke, founder of Vegan Bodybuilding, wrote this groundbreaking book, to guide those interested in making this important shift in how to do so with the best, most transformative results. The Plant-Based Athlete offers readers: A persuasive body of evidence for adopting a plant-based lifestyle, with key information about how macronutrients, micronutrients, and calories fuel a body running on plant foods An entire chapter devoted to protein - why plant sources of protein are preferable over meat, and how plant protein can be used to increase strength, muscle mass, and power 60+ delicious and nutritious plant-based recipes, including Veggie Burger Patties, Garden Meatballs, Summer Pasta Salad, Vegan Mac & Cheese, French Toast, Acai Bowl, and a High-Energy Smoothie Insights from winning plant-based athletes in nearly every sport including champion ultrarunners Rich Roll and Scott Jurek; former NFL player David Carter; champion boxers Yuri Foreman, Unsal Arik, Cam Awesome, and Vanessa Espinoza; and Olympic-level swimmers, cyclists, figure skaters, sprinters, and more. A Day in the Life of a Plant-Based Athlete - examples of what, when, and how different athletes eat to fuel their varied workouts An instant classic and mainstay on health and fitness shelves everywhere , The Plant-Based Athlete is the ultimate invitation for joining the growing community of athletes who use plants to power their workouts and their every day.

  • Author: Matt Frazier
  • Publisher: HarperOne (June 15, 2021)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Diets & Weight Loss
  • ISBN: 978-0063042018
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.13 x 9 inches

                 

7. Think Like a Warrior: The Five Inner Beliefs That Make You Unstoppable (Sports for the Soul)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

Discover the five inner beliefs shared by the world's greatest achievers. If you want to take control of your life and achieve your biggest dreams, you must develop a "warrior mindset." This book will show you how to stop thinking like a victim and start thinking like a warrior. In this inspirational fable, Chris McNeely is a college football coach who is at the end of his rope after a hard-and-fast fall from the top of his profession. Now bankrupt and on the verge of losing his job, he has no idea what he’s doing wrong or how to get back on track. Angry, worried, and desperate for help, Chris receives mysterious visits from five of history's greatest coaches: John Wooden, Buck O’Neil, Herb Brooks, Paul "Bear" Bryant, and Vince Lombardi. Together, these five legendary leaders teach Chris how to "think like a warrior" and take control of his life. The "warrior mindset" he develops changes his life forever—and it will change yours as well. Discover the life-changing lessons of John Wooden, Buck O'Neil, Herb Brooks, Bear Bryant, and Vince Lombardi in this inspirational tale of what it takes to achieve your dreams—whatever those dreams may be. This book will show you how to... - Build your self-confidence - Develop mental toughness - Attack every day with joy and enthusiasm - Use a positive mental attitude to achieve more - Harness the power of positive self-talk - Be a positive leader for your family and your team - Become the person you were born to be - And much more… The five inner beliefs revealed in this book will empower you to take control of your life and overcome any obstacle that stands in your way.

  • Author: Darrin Donnelly
  • Publisher: Shamrock New Media, Inc.; 1st edition (May 4, 2016)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0692705469
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.61 x 8 inches

                 

8. Legacy


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

The All Blacks are the world's most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years. What is the secret of their success? And what can we - as individuals, companies and teams - learn from them? The All Blacks are the world's most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years. In other arenas, there have been commanding sides that swept all before them, like the West Indies cricket team of the 1980s with their fearsome battery of fast bowlers, or the Hungarian football team who introduced a sophisticated new passing game and famously thrashed England 7-1 in Budapest in 1954. But what makes the All-Blacks different is their supremacy for decade after decade - their sheer consistency, longevity and sustained dominance. So, what is the secret of their success? And what can we - as individuals, companies and teams - learn from them? Whatever field we are in, how can we play like All Blacks? In Legacy , best-selling author James Kerr is embedded deep into the heart of the All Blacks' set-up to reveal 15 powerful and pragmatic lessons in leadership. Revealing proven secrets of sustained success, Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: How do you turn vision into action? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure, expectation and setbacks? How do you train to win at the highest level? What is your purpose?What will be your legacy?

  • Author: James Kerr
  • Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership, Leadership & Motivation

                 

9. Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

National bestseller "I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs."--John Wooden Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden. In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher. These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob Costas, among others, have made Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court an inspirational classic.

  • Author: John Wooden
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books; 1st edition (April 22, 1997)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Biographies
  • ISBN: 978-0809230419
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 7.3 inches

                 

10. Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Psychology - August 2021

The bestselling book from Dr Bob Rotella, one of the world's leading golf performance consultants, for the first time in paperback.

  • Author: Bob Rotella
  • Publisher: Downtown Press; New edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-0743492478
  • Dimensions: 5.08 x 0.59 x 7.87 inches