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Sports Coaching Books That Teach How to Train Real Champions in 2019

Learn to train them as good as Mourinho would.

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Sports coaching is an art that goes well beyond the purely physical. You could pretty well show up, bark at the players every exercise for conditioning and “supervise” the practices while you inhale 2 boxes of muffins, and then go home and called it a day.

That’s what you would do if average was your goal. That’s not what you are here for though. Real coaching is to get inside the player’s heads, get your trainees to really believe that they can absolutely conquer the opposing team by adopting and adapting your strategies to their game style.

Players being players have their egos set as high as high goes, so aside from learning the strategies to break their rivals, you’d also need to know how to break their egos’ defences to have them accept your worldview on the game. No easy task at all, but fortunately, many have done it before and they are nice enough to share their knowledge through these books on sports coaching.

#1 Surviving 7: The Expert’s Guide to ACL Surgery’ by Jenna Minecci

Surviving 7: The Expert’s Guide to ACL Surgery’ by Jenna Minecci
This book is highly suggested for anyone facing an ACL injury and surgery. It is a step by step guide to surviving the surgery and recovery mentally, physically and emotionally. Learn from the girl who survived 7.

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#2 The Principles of Ethical Youth Coaching by Justin E. Mayer

The Principles of Ethical Youth Coaching by Justin E. Mayer
In a sports climate where ethics are often compromised, this is a manual for how to coach young people in a sports environment that is fair and ethical.

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#3 Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs By Guillem Balague

Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs By Guillem Balague
Mauricio Pochettino has taken the English Premier League by storm, turning at Tottenham Hotspur side from middle to bottom of the table and into a yearly title contender. Perhaps the most amazing part of the story, though, is that he has done with without spending very much money on players, which is in stark contrast to the typical way of doing things in European soccer.

In his behind-the-scenes book “Brave New World”, Pochettino divulges his training secrets and game day strategies that have turned Tottenham into an overnight contender. Loved by his players, it’s easy to see why Pochettino is so effective at his job. He shares profound insights for how to motivate, encourage, and challenge players to perform their best.

But beyond that, the book is a fantastic resource for learning the rigours of top tier football, along with what it takes to be an effective and galvanising leader.

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#4 Weight Room Wisdom by Ron McKeefery

Weight Room Wisdom by Ron McKeefery
“The author, Ron McKeefery, a well-respected, world-renowned, wise, and humble giant in our industry (Strength & Conditioning). Without the passion and dedication of quality strength coaches, there is no sport that would be where it is today in terms of displays of great feats of strength, power, skill, and accuracy. The athletes become greater with great conditioning.

The book, Weight Room Wisdom, is a great compilation of interviews from 99 (literally) of the TOP strength coaches around today. Within its covers, the reader has the opportunity to understand a piece of the heart, soul, and mind of these accomplished professionals with parts of their story — the reason they do what they do and how they build their programs by influencing and inspiring the athletes they’re charged with developing.

An absolute must read for anyone in strength and conditioning for athletes — beginners who want to break into the field, seasoned coaches who want to find others who’ve discovered different keys to building success, and every coach in between. The stories are short, but meaningful, and the reader will likely come away with more than a few gems to think and act upon, not only for their profession, but also for life. ”

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Contributors to this article
Jenna Minecci from Jennactive

John Mayer from N/A

Tim Frechette from Athletic Lift

Jennifer Novak from Peak Symmetry Performance Strategies

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