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

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

1. Shoot Your Shot: A Sport-Inspired Guide To Living Your Best Life

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

Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant. LeBron James. Stephen Curry. Kawhi Leonard. Giannis Antetokounmpo. James Harden. Kevin Durant. Russell Westbrook. These are some of the most high profile names in one of the world's most popular sports--basketball. But what steps did they take to elevate themselves to superstardom? What principles did they follow in order to become the best of the best? More importantly, how can you use their example to attain success in all of your endeavors? 'Shoot Your Shot' identifies the key principles that the world's most elite basketball players have applied to their lives and explains in detail how you can can use those same exact principles to help you navigate through life, accomplish your goals, and realize your dreams. Divided into Quarters and making you feel like you are in an actual basketball game, 'Shoot Your Shot' provides an entertaining and unique reading experience while equipping you with proven tools for success. More than just a book about sports, 'Shoot Your Shoot' is suitable for everyone--regardless of age, gender, background, or standing in life.

  • Author: Vernon Brundage Jr.
  • Publisher: Independently published (October 13, 2018)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Basketball
  • ISBN: 978-1719900386
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.5 x 8 inches


2. INNER EXCELLENCE: Train Your Mind for Extraordinary Performance and the Best Possible life

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

Want More Joy and Confidence? Discover the life guide that has developed world champions, empowered athletes to become world #1, and most importantly, transformed their hearts and minds. This step-by-step training manual from one of the world's top mental skills coaches will teach you how the mindset of some of the best performers and leaders on the planet allowed them to have freedom and confidence when so much was out of their control.  Whether you’re an athlete or entrepreneur, single mother or father of five, you’ll find exercises, techniques and tools in this book that will improve every area of your life. Your life will take on new meaning as you move beyond the pursuit of happiness to a life of purpose and fulfillment. Jim Murphy's complete program of proven mental techniques is based on the  powerful principles of love, wisdom, and courage, that came from over six years of full-time research and writing (after his masters degree in Coaching Science). “I read the first version of Inner Excellence six times. I recommend all my clients read it.” – Matt Killen, PGA Tour coach to Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods and many others INNER EXCELLENCE WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO: DEVELOP SELF-MASTERY—and let go of what you can’t control OVERCOME ANXIETY—and build powerful mental habits REMOVE MENTAL BLOCKS—and get out of your own way TRAIN YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND—and release limiting beliefs As a professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization, Jim’s sense of worth and identity revolved around his performance. He was obsessed with fame but also afraid of failure, and that fear in his heart made him struggle under the pressure to perform. When he started coaching professional and Olympic athletes, he saw the same pattern over and over again: athletes had lost their joy and passion for life as the fear of failure engulfed their lives. This book will share with you how some of the best athletes in the world have learned Inner Excellence, how it propelled them to extraordinary performance even when they were filled with doubt and uncertainty, and how you can excel in the same way in your life. The insights and exercises within will help you achieve higher levels of performance than you ever thought possible—and bring incredible peace and confidence.  “Inner Excellence changed how I see the world, how I think, and how I play golf.” - Vaughn Taylor, three-time PGA Tour winner Jim Murphy is a Performance Coach (mental skills) to some of the best athletes and leaders in the world. The majority of his clients achieved the best year of their career their first year working with Jim (or their best year in the previous five years)

  • Author: JIM MURPHY
  • Publisher: Academy of Excellence - New York - Rome - Tokyo (May 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-1734654806
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.82 x 9 inches


3. Fix Your Body, Fix Your Swing: The Revolutionary Biomechanics Workout Program Used by Tour Pros

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

It's time you had a smooth , fluid swing like PGA Tour pros Golf tips and swing advice can only take you so far. In order to truly correct a flawed swing, the causes of the problems must be treated, not the symptoms. A bad swing doesn't always mean that you're doing things wrong---it's just that your body isn't letting you do things right. By understanding and changing your body you'll be able to correct your mechanics naturally so you can take your game to the next level. With the exact workouts used by some of the Tour's best golfers, as well as input and advice straight from the players themselves, this revolutionary golf-fitness book incorporates the latest in biomechanics research to fix swing flaws while strengthening the body's core and improving strength and balance to help golfers of all levels swing more like the pros. Beginning with assessments that determine where a golfer's body is too tight, not strong enough or out of balance, Fix Your Body, Fix Your Swing then provides specific, easy-to-follow exercises that correct whatever problems or limitations were revealed in the assessments. Just three twenty-minute workout sessions a week (only one hour a week!) will help anyone become a better golfer with a healthier, stronger body.

  • Author: Joey Diovisalvi
  • Publisher: Golf Products Investments, LLC; First edition (January 1, 2015)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0692435410
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.51 x 10 inches


4. The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life

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

Wall Street Journal & Publisher's Weekly Bestseller. "This guy gets it. And this book is what I did to dominate on the court."  ~ Kobe Bryant, NBA Champion, Oscar Winner, & Entrepreneur How do you untap all of your capabilities? It's a question people wrestle with, when they know they have more left to give. Or ,they struggle with not chasing down the ambitions they have because they can't see themselves achieving them. Or, they're just stuck in a 'performance rut' and don't have the mental tools to get themselves out. Well it turns out one of the most powerful ways to unleash your real capability, is counterintuitive. Todd Herman, one of the world's leading experts on the mental game, peak performance, and personal leadership, reveals a practical method, backed up with inspiring stories, real science, and decades of experience being the 'go-to' coach for Olympians, pro athletes, and leaders around the world. In one of the hottest books amongst leaders in a decade, you'll find out how an 'Alter Ego' is one of the most natural things your mind wants you to use. And how it's a powerful move to battle the resistance you face, when pursuing your ambitions. There's only one person in the way of you untapping your capabilities: You. There's also one person who can move you out of the way so you can perform at your peak.  That 'self' is already inside you. You just need to unlock them. This other part of you is your Heroic Self and it's faster, easier, and more natural to unlock it with an Alter Ego. After twenty-one years of working with elite athletes, performers and leaders, Todd Herman is revealing how you can use your alter ego to achieve the seemingly impossible.  "I LOVE this book! The first page had me hooked. So smart. So practical. And really inspiring." ~  Jay Shetty, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author   & Motivational Leader In this transformative guide, Herman reveals: Inspiring stories of leaders, public figures, and average people, and how they overcame personal challenges, by employing the help of an Alter Ego, The science, studies, and natural psychological switches you're flipping in your mind to show up with more grit, perseverance, and creativity, How it's the opposite of 'fake-it-til-you-make-it', and why it's bringing out of you a more 'authentic' version of what you're made of, The process for creating your own Alter Ego, with 'The Method' outlined in the book and the actionable steps to activate abilities you have within.  The Alter Ego Effect  is not about creating a false mask--it's about finding the hero already inside you. It's a proven way of overcoming the self-doubt, negativity, and insecurity that hold you back, and empowering you to ultimately become your best self.

  • Author: Todd Herman
  • Publisher: Harper Business; Illustrated edition (February 5, 2019)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-0062838636
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches


5. Resistance band Training: A Resistance Bands Book For Exercise At Home Or On The Go. (Home Workout & Weight Loss Success)

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

Resistance band training is for everyone! Any age, any ability, any fitness goal! If you: Want a home workout to lose weight and tone muscle Are a senior looking for functional, low impact exercise Are a bodybuilder looking for a challenging training session when the gym is out of reach . Are recovering from an injury and need to strengthen certain muscle groups Need a fitness solution while away on business or holiday Resistance band training is an excellent, effective and smart workout solution that everyone can benefit from. If you are interested in fitness of any kind, be it fat loss, muscle toning, functional training or general wellbeing, owning a set of resistance bands is a must! Owning a set of resistance bands is one thing however, but knowing how to use them correctly can change your life! Enter this short but essential guide to resistance band training! You will discover: Resistance band exercises for every major muscle group Illustrated descriptions of all exercises Full workout plans to get stuck into right away How to create your own workout plans using the exercises Blank program cards to copy and fill in Different ways to train for different results How to progress so you’re always moving towards your fitness goals . “Training with resistance bands has always been present in my exercise routines. And knowing how to train effectively at home with resistance bands was extremely useful in 2020 and 2021!” Hi, I’m James Atkinson (Jim to my readers and friends), I’m a qualified personal trainer and I’ve spent around 25 years of my life training for all types of fitness results. Although I’ve been a competing bodybuilder, a long distance endurance runner and a bunch of things in between, I don’t like to boast about my success because I have always believed that if you have a goal, you take advice from people who have already achieved your goal, you create a plan based on this and then stay consistent, you will achieve success.   I love to see people achieve life changing results from fitness and as this is a passion of mine I’m always happy to help out more should you have questions, so I’m contactable via my website and ready to help where I can. It would be great to hear from you and share in your fitness journey! This resistance band book can be used simply to pick up some exercise ideas, but it can also be your gateway to a wonderfully successful fitness journey! You are just a click away, so let’s get started! See you on the inside, all the best Jim

  • Author: James Atkinson
  • Publisher: Independently published (February 19, 2021)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Exercise & Fitness
  • ISBN: 979-8711445517
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.19 x 9 inches


6. Scientific Principles of Hypertrophy Training (Renaissance Periodization)

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

Summary The Scientific Principles of Hypertrophy Training is a fundamental analysis of what your training should look like if muscle growth is your main goal, or even just one of your goals. The book takes you on a grand tour of all of the main 7 training principles and how to apply them to one's training - no matter your experience level, diet phase, or sport.It features:1)An in-depth 376 page explanation on nearly every important facet of hypertrophy training with summarized "main points" guide at the end of each chapter2)How to apply hypertrophy training to or around other sports and hobbies3)How to work around injuries and still grow muscle4)Thorough advice on how to construct and modify a hypertrophy program for all experience levels and diet phases5)How to design training programs when you're limited on time6)Advice on how to troubleshoot your hypertrophy program for best results.What people are saying about ‘Scientific Principles of Hypertrophy Training” “Loaded with great info. A university course on hypertrophy! Loaded with useful information and it does a great job with outlining the approach to hypertrophy. The content of the book is amazing and so thorough.” Michael S. “Great deal of gains assured. The book is full of useful information that all lifters can definitely take benefit from even if they don't specialize in hypertrophy or differ at certain topics. In my personal case, whilst I don't share completely my opinion regarding volume manipulation within mesocycles, I couldn't agree more on many other topics discussed in the book (love the SFTR) and I recommend it to anyone looking to go a step further in their knowledge regarding resistance training or just training in general. Also there's amazing content on YT that complement the book perfectly. Really good investment.” Javier M“ This book has been an incredibly useful tool to help me think about how to set up my training based upon underlying principles. This has made it much easier to adjust my program based upon my needs/desires/progress instead of trying to mimic the appearance of other people's programs.” Josh J“This is the new bodybuilding bible. Read it, accept the 9-principles of hypertrophy into your training and let them wash away your past gym mistakes. You will come out the other side a born again hypertrophy principle master.” Maria C“Book is excellent. It builds on much of the tremendous free information Dr. Mike puts out on volume landmarks and provides the methodology to build the plan including how to use your workout data to best determine your own individual plan. I would recommend this as an add to the library for everyone serious about adding muscle to your frame. Great work Dr. Mike & Team!” John F

  • Author: Dr. Mike Israetel
  • Publisher: Independently published (February 16, 2021)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Exercise & Fitness
  • ISBN: 979-8708998286
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.89 x 11 inches


7. Walk-On Warrior: Drive, Discipline, and the Will to Win

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

A basketball journey like no other. The incredible autobiography of a college season at Marquette, a summer with Hall of Fame coach, Rick Majerus, and a court-side seat with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. Small town. Undersized. Not enough talent. John Willkom heard it all as a young basketball player growing up in rural Wisconsin. Despite the odds, John dedicated his life to the game, an arduous journey that challenged the very core of even the most disciplined. As John's hard work lands him amongst basketball's elite, it is the workouts, the people, and the behind-the-scenes interactions that not only change his skill set but how he lives his life. Both heartfelt and funny, Walk-On Warrior takes you into the mind of an athlete from John's perspective. Take a journey that will reignite your passion for life, challenge your perspectives on toughness and fear, and ultimately, inspire you to maximize your talent. *A must read for sports fans and youth that aspire to play college basketball

  • Author: John Willkom
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (August 15, 2018)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Basketball
  • ISBN: 978-1983693069
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.52 x 9 inches


8. Learn, Improve, Master: How to Develop Any Skill and Excel at It

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

Develop the power to learn and master any skill. Do you dream of excelling at a sport, music, art, cooking, writing, public speaking, or anything else? Learn, Improve, Master will help you make that dream a reality. Through a combination of learning science and strategies used by world-class performers, this guide will teach you what it really takes to master a skill (no, it isn’t talent or 10,000 hours). You will learn HOW TO: Use your memory like top memory champions and remember anything you want Optimize practice like elite musicians, chess players, and athletes Build training habits that stick Overcome obstacles, setbacks, and plateaus Choose mentors and coaches that will help you develop your potential Accelerate learning and become a master of your craft Featuring examples and words of wisdom from Leonardo da Vinci, Usain Bolt, Ernest Hemingway, Michael Jordan, Garry Kasparov, Simone Biles, Stephen King, Michael Phelps, Martha Graham, Tiger Woods, Jiro Ono, Serena Williams, and many more.

  • Author: Nick Velasquez
  • Publisher: Kodawari Press (July 6, 2020)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership
  • ISBN: 978-1544508900
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.59 x 8 inches


9. Hiit: The 20-Minute Dream Body with High Intensity Interval Training

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

Struggling to lose weight and tone muscle no matter how hard you train? Discover a rapid workout strategy for creating your dream body in just 20 minutes a day. Does your ideal body seem like it's a thousand workouts away? Has your expensive gym membership chipped away at your wallet but not at your midsection? Pro trainer and fitness author John Powers will show you how to make rapid gains from a well-structured, high intensity interval training program. HIIT: The 20-Minute Dream Body with High Intensity Interval Training is a complete system packed with incredibly efficient cardiovascular, muscular, and skeletal exercise routines. Through Powers' methods, you'll discover how to use short, powerful workouts to get your body ripped in a hurry. By using the HIIT training program, you'll produce results like never before in 20 minutes a day of work. In HIIT , you'll discover: Proven exercises to strengthen both your upper and your lower body A fully-illustrated guide to a 20-minute workout program that'll get you stellar results Specific body toning techniques for women The best HIIT workout plans for you to lose weight Optimum training frequencies, nutrition plans, and much, much more! HIIT is the complete A-Z reference guide you need for short workouts that get you fit faster. If you like step-by-step instructions, quick results, and learning from a master at his craft, then you'll love Powers' high-intensity handbook. Buy HIIT to start experiencing rapid results today!

  • Author: John Powers
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Exercise & Fitness


10. Seam Reading: The Hidden Art Of Hitting

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

The ONLY book ever written on this subject. Every parent, coach and player should know of this skill and train it like they would any other part of the game. Learn the history behind how reading the seams of the ball became a teaching tool and how the owners of Seam Readers have used this skill throughout their playing and coaching careers. This book will open your eyes to how seam reading works and gives clear descriptions and color photographs of each pitch type. This book is not only an interesting read, it’s also a tool that you can use to help your player learn the faces of the ball.

  • Author: Dennis Tiefenthaler
  • Publisher: Independently published (February 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 979-8608296468
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.23 x 8.5 inches