12 Minutes

Edited & clinically reviewed by SENSES Team
Fact checked

If you are an athlete who wants to improve their game, you may employ a variety of helpful tools, such as workout classes, personal trainers, and training videos. However, if you have never read a book, you may be missing out on a lot of information.

Athletes must manage a multitude of stressors daily because of the long hours, pressures from coaches,  high expectations, and responsibilities with parents and administration. To prevent burnout and maintain your mental well-being, it is essential to make the most of your leisure time by resting, recharging, and stimulating your mind.

Reading is a fantastic approach to accomplishing this goal. Reading has been demonstrated to be more than just a pastime; it sharpens the mind, improves mental health, and increases tolerance for ambiguity.

Whether you are an athlete in training or a coach wanting to motivate your team, there are several fantastic books for athletes—many authored by record-breakers themselves—that will push your thinking and present life-changing ideas that will propel you to the next level.

Principles of Athletic Training: A Competency-Based Approach

This guidebook is intended for use by athletic trainers in programs focusing on the scientific, empirical, and clinical aspects of sports medicine and athletic training. The text guides students from broad principles to specific topics on evaluation, management, injury prevention, and recovery. As the trainee advances from the end, he or she will comprehend the complexity of the athletic training profession.

An overarching objective of the text is to ensure that all of the Education Council-identified educational competencies are explicitly covered. The learner should be capable of applying the proper techniques and concepts to his or her daily work as an athletic trainer after reading this material.

Foundations of Athletic Training

This publication provides a solid foundation for general sports training techniques by integrating basic medical principles and relevant scientific facts. Using a problem-solving approach to treatment, assessment, recognition, management, and disposal of sports-related injuries and disorders, this work presents the most thorough, demanding content in an accessible format for athletic training students and athletic trainers.

Management Strategies in Athletic Training

The revised and revitalized third edition of Management Strategies in Sports Training helps readers creatively address the management difficulties athletic trainers confront on the job. Similar to its predecessor, the new version employs a case-study approach to educate students on organization and administration ideas and their application to real-world problems in the athletic training field.

The text, which is a component of Human Kinetics’ Athletic Training Education Series, is a great resource for athletic trainers desiring a thorough understanding of management theory and practice. In addition to athletic training, the book’s organization tactics may be used in a range of sports medicine-related professions, making it a helpful tool for any sports medicine practitioner.

In addition to 10 revised chapters, the third edition of Management Strategies in Athletic Training includes additional sections on seeking a job and organizing conferences. These include:

  • Health care insurance issues with athletic training programs,
  • New organizational requirements from the national athletic trainers association (NATA),
  • Prescription medicines,
  • The implementation of the Americans with disabilities act;
  • Computer hardware and application software
  • Payment for the athletic training program, as well as
  • Emergency response strategies

Athletic Training: Concussion, Wound Healing, Exercise Physiology, Electrical Muscle Stimulation, National Athletic Trainers’ Association

The Athletic Training Student Primer: A Foundation for Success is a dynamic resource that combines the fundamental concepts, vocabulary, and educational requirements of athletic training with a blend of academic and clinical instruction to establish a knowledge base. This great resource is intended for prospective and present students of athletic training. Topics include the background of the National Athletic Trainers Association, employment settings, diversity, new trends, and educational materials.

In contrast to other introductory works on athletic training, the majority of the information in this book is generated from conversations with a variety of professionals. This strategy provides insight and guidance regarding ethics, work environments, maximizing clinical education opportunities, professional preparedness, and career development. The reader is supplied with numerous solutions to numerous “real-world” sports training scenarios.

Power Speed ENDURANCE: A Skill-Based Approach to Endurance Training

Power, Speed, ENDURANCE is a highly efficient training program that has propelled hundreds of thousands of distance runners and endurance athletes to the next level. Power, Speed, ENDURANCE, created by CrossFit Endurance founder Brian MacKenzie and showcasing instruction from a number of the world’s top endurance and CrossFit coaches, reveals drills, methods, and training strategies that will maximize your effectiveness and overall work capacity while reducing your injury risk.

Power, Speed,ENDURANCE break down appropriate cycling, running, and swimming techniques like never before with thousands of step-by-step color images and a comprehensive narrative. MacKenzie’s unique approach to improving speed, strength, and power is designed to produce long-term, injury-free outcomes. He devotes a whole chapter to the “broken down” athlete, giving you the information and wisdom to repair, prevent, and treat problems caused by poor biomechanics and strained, tight muscles. In addition, MacKenzie provides a clear strategy for diet, electrolyte balance, and hydration, that will maximize your performance, energy, and recovery.

Athletic Taping and Bracing

Athletic Taping and Bracing, Second Edition, which has been thoroughly revised and updated, is a premier text in its field. It strives to integrate the knowledge of anatomy and trauma processes and mechanisms with the practice of athletic taping and bracing, as it did in the first edition. The current edition incorporates revisions to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Education Council’s “Competencies in Athletic Training” and the NATA Board of Certification’s “Role Delineation Study” fourth edition. Professionals and students can frequently consult this text as a dependable resource.

The Second Edition of Athletic Taping and Bracing has been greatly enhanced by the addition of over 450 full-color images and photographs. Primal Pictures has provided sixty exceptional anatomical photos in three dimensions. The photographs depicting taping sequences include tape with darkened edges, allowing viewers to distinguish the levels and designs of the tape placed at each phase.

With succinct anatomical descriptions and precise anatomical graphics comparable to those typically seen in advanced anatomy textbooks, the book illustrates the causes of injury that are essential for comprehending successful taping and bracing. The manual covers and shows in detail the basic tenets of taping and bracing for all major joints and body regions. It also includes detailed instructions for 36 taping and wrapping processes, some of which require as many as 16 stages. It describes the fabrication of protection pads and orthotics, as well as the proper application of tape and bracing.

Tape, I-C-E, and Sound Advice: Life Lessons from a Hall of Fame Athletic Trainer

Rod Walters, a member of the Hall of Fame, has had a fantastic career in athletics. He knew as a child that he wanted to work in the health care profession. His parents awarded him a scholarship to attend the North Carolina All-Star Student Athletic Training Clinic in Greensboro, during the summertime of his ninth-grade year. He had no idea that he would encounter some of his favorite professionals at this clinic who would shape and drive his professional life while exposing him to his professional vocation.

Today’s Sports Medicine and Athletic Training encompass so many areas of health care in order to offer participants a superior level of treatment. Athletic Trainers endeavor to serve their patients by preventing, treating, and rehabilitating sports injuries, irrespective of the level of competition.

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

We all know a high school star athlete. Whoever made it appear so simple. He was the starter shortstop and quarterback, while she was the all-state point guard and the state champion in the high jump. Naturals. Or did they not?

The argument is as ancient as athletic competition. Are Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and Serena Williams genetically wired whose sole purpose on Earth is to conquer their particular sports? Or are they simply ordinary individuals who have surpassed their biological limitations through sheer willpower and relentless training?

The reality is significantly more complicated than a simple opposition between nature and nurture. Since the mapping of the human genome some years back, researchers have steadily begun to establish the correlation between biological characteristics and the training environment of an athlete. Gradually, sports scientists have entered the current era of genetic study.

David Epstein, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, examines the classic nature vs nurture issue and how far science has progressed in answering this great puzzle in this provocative and engrossing examination of athletic achievement. He explores the so-called 10,000-hour rule to see if constant and intense practice from a young age is the sole path to sports achievement.

A Still Quiet Place for Athletes: Mindfulness Skills for Achieving Peak Performance and Finding Flow in Sports and Life

Find your flow and achieve your top performance, both in athletics and in life. This workbook is based on the ground-breaking Still Quiet Place mindfulness approach and contains practical, step-by-step activities and tools to help you attain present-moment awareness and your sports goals.

Looking for creative methods to “get in the game”? To improve your training and gain concentration? You aren’t alone. From lower divisions to professional football champions to Olympic sports, players and coaches are increasingly incorporating mindfulness practices into their training. Because of this, mindfulness can help you reduce stress, connect with the present, and mentally recover from failures. Consequently, whether you are a sports fan or a pro athlete, mindfulness may help you deal with the physical components of training, including weariness, pains, aches, burnout, injury, and exhaustion.

Written by an integrative and holistic physician, mindfulness coach, and longtime athlete Amy Saltzman, this pragmatic workbook provides mindfulness-based strategies you may apply throughout your sports career and in everyday life. You will discover what the author affectionately refers to as the “still quiet place,” and from that serenity, you will be able to analyze your feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations—before and during training and competition, between events, after a miss or substantial loss, or after an exhilarating win. You will also acquire abilities for working with coaches and teammates efficiently, as well as techniques for coaching with awareness. A parents’ guide is available as well.

The Janda Method of Muscle Imbalance Evaluation and Treatment

Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach combines postural approaches, neuroscience, and functional abilities to eliminate chronic musculoskeletal discomfort and enhance functionality. Revered neurologist physician and physiotherapist Vladimir Janda created the Janda approach, which offers a novel perspective on rehabilitation. In contrast to a more typical structural perspective, the Janda method is functional, emphasizing the relevance of the sensorimotor system in regulating movement and chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes resulting from general and sports activities. Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach is the only book that provides a practical, evidence-based implementation of Janda’s theories.

Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance present information that can be utilized in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches systematically, complete with pictures, photos, and step-by-step directions. This professional resource includes the following tools:

  • A theory for musculoskeletal system rehabilitation based on the connection between the motor system and the central nervous system.
  • A methodical approach to the functional evaluation of the muscular system
  • Processes concentrate on the triad of stabilization of peripheral structures, restoration of muscular balance, sensorimotor training, and enhancement of afferent systems.
  • The role of muscular instability and functional dysfunction of sensorimotor systems in the development of certain pain complaints, such as upper- and lower-extremity pain syndromes, cervical pain syndrome, and low back pain syndromes.

Muscles and Meridians: The Manipulation of Shape

George Mumford is credited by Michael Jordan and several other NBA greats with changing their games. Mumford, a well-regarded coach, and public speaker reveals his tale and techniques in The Mindful Athlete. Whether an Olympian, executive, weekend warrior, artist, or hacker his techniques revolutionize the performance of everyone with a purpose.

Mumford, a former basketball player at the Massachusetts University (where he shared a room with Dr. J, Julius Erving), was forced to retire due to injuries. The medications that alleviated his injuries’ pain also dulled him to the desolation he felt without the game, ultimately leading him to heroin. After years as a functional addict, Mumford centered his life around meditation. He gave up drugs, acquired a master’s degree, and began teaching inmates and others meditation.

Mumford went on to collaborate with Phil Jackson, a longtime mindfulness practitioner, assisting him and each of his NBA championship-winning teams. In addition to businesspeople and Olympians, his roster of champion clientele also includes other elite athletes. With a compelling tone that blends mindfulness with teachings from legends such as Yoda and Bruce Lee, Mumford provides an engaging narrative and a great resource.

The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Re-Ignite

This is the definitive handbook on overcoming setbacks and injuries and reaching excellence on and off the field.

The renowned sports psychologist and author of The Champion’s Mind, Jim Afremow, understands what makes good sportsmen exceptional, especially when they return to victory after suffering horrific injuries, overcoming formidable challenges, or overcoming what appears to be overwhelming odds. The mental game is more important than natural talent or athletic ability when it comes to making a comeback.

In The Champion’s Comeback, he provides winning tactics for athletes of all ages and abilities to get mentally prepared for competition, bounce back from defeat, and conquer injuries (and the phobia of recurrent injury). Afremow examines the psychology of dedication and demonstrates how to cultivate the fundamental confidence of repeat victors.

Beneath The Surface: My Story

In this captivating memoir, champion Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps brings us behind the curtains of his career and life before and after the limelight. He discusses his ADD, the separation from his parents, and how being in the public eye influenced him both inside and outside the pool. Phelps, like any great athlete, communicates his story to the world in an open, honest, and heartbreaking manner.

Usually, the personal lives of athletes are shrouded in secrecy, but then when they start opening in a memoir, we gain a rare look into their souls. If you are intrigued by swimming, the internal workings of elite athletes, or just the Olympics, Michael Phelps does have a story for you.

Win Forever

Pete Carroll first rose to prominence as head coach of the USC Trojans, who won the BCS National Championship and 6 bowl games throughout his tenure. After joining the NFL, he led the Seattle Seahawks to their first-ever Super Bowl victory. Carroll has a track history of remarkable performance, and in these top motivating books, he outlines his tactics for developing a successful lifestyle and mindset. This may seem like a standard self-help book, but Carrol’s advice on living and playing like a champion has much more to offer.

The Greatest: My Own Story

The autobiography of Muhammad Ali, which is filled with such lines, will encourage you, give you shivers, and give you an insight into The Greatest’s life. The greatest and most effective motivational book ever published. This book will provide you with tremendous inspiration.