Essential Sport & Exercise Science Text Books 

Study Group

Strength & Conditioning Books

Fitness Testing Books

Sports Physiology Books 

Sports Nutrition Books

Speed, Agility & Quickness Books

Sports Psychology Books



Strength & Conditioning Text Books

Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the essential text for strength and conditioning professionals and students. This comprehensive resource explains the key theories, concepts and scientific principles of strength training and conditioning as well as their direct application to athletic competition and performance. The scope and content have been updated to convey the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a strength and conditioning professional. It now offers an expanded ancillary package for instructors with access to a 61- video collection and a test package to assist instructors evaluate students' understanding of key concepts.

Advanced Strength and Conditioning explores the latest scientific evidence and applies it to exercise selection and programming choices across the full range of functional areas in strength and conditioning, from strength and power to speed and agility. With coverage of data analysis and performance feedback, both vital skills for the contemporary strength and conditioning coach, this concise but sophisticated textbook is the perfect bridge from introductory study to effective professional practice. Written by experts with experience in a wide variety of sports, its chapters are enhanced by extensive illustrations and address key topics. 

Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training (sixth edition) offers information central to understanding the latest research and practices related to training theory while providing scientific support for the fundamental principles of periodization. The sixth edition presents a comprehensive discussion of periodization based on the philosophy of Tudor Bompa, including: 

- A review of the history, terms, and theories related to periodization 

- Discussion of the importance of designing a sport-specific and competition-level annual plan and discarding any one-size-fits-all approach 

- Comprehensive information on training sessions, microcycles, and macrocycles 

Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance is a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the theory and practice of strength and conditioning, providing students, coaches and athletes with everything they need to design and implement effective training programs.This book includes a clear and rigorous explanation of the core science underpinning strength and conditioning techniques and gives a detailed, step-by-step guide to all of the key training methodologies, including training for strength, speed, endurance, agility, flexibility as well as plyometrics. The book also includes an extensive section of sport-specific chapters, each of which examines in detail the application of strength and conditioning to a particular sport. 

NSCA's Guide to Program Design offers the most current information, guidance, and protocols from respected scientists and practitioners with expertise in strength and conditioning program design. Developed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), this text offers strength and conditioning professionals a scientific basis for developing training programs for specific athletes at specific times of year. Straightforward and accessible, NSCA s Guide to Program Design presents a detailed examination of considerations and challenges in developing a program for each key fitness component and fitness performance goal

Science and Practice of Strength Training  is for those readers interested in muscular strength and ways to enhance its development. It is developed from the vast experience of both authors, who bring to the text documented experiences of more than 1,000 elite athletes, including from Olympic, world, continental and US national record holders. Written for the practitioner, it provides a straightforward examination of the fundamental concepts and principles readers need to understand in order to make decisions on what might be appropriate in the programme design for their athletes. The integration of coaching theory and scientific underpinnings in this new edition continues to promote a more sophisticated approach to strength training.

Essential Text Books On Sports Physiology

Physiology of Sport and Exercise 7th Edition With Web Study Guide [Kenney, Wilmore and Costill, 2019]

Physiology of Sport and Exercise, 7th Edition has been updated to include the most recent position stands, standards and guidelines from the field of sport and exercise physiology. Throughout the text, updated photos mixed with illustrations and medical artwork help readers understand difficult concepts and illustrate how the body performs. New and updated content for this seventh edition includes additional information on overtraining and exercise addiction. There is also expanded content on fatigue and mobility in aging, as well as new sections on epigenetics, bioinformatics and neuromuscular function. This extensive seventh edition continues to offer comprehensive coverage of the complex relationship between human physiology and exercise, while still maintaining an engaging and student-friendly tone. 

ACSM's Clinical Exercise Physiology (American College of Sports Medicine) [Thompson, 2019]

ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 7th Edition, to create a true classroom textbook. This new resource offers research-based coverage of more than 35 conditions commonly seen in practice-from a host of cardiovascular disorders to immunological/hematological disorders. Condition chapters are organized by disease types and then divided into sections that cover specific conditions from a pathological and etiological perspective. To provide a complete view of clinical exercise physiology, the book also covers important considerations and foundational elements, such as screening, pharmacology, and electrocardiography

Tortora's Principles of Anatomy and Physiology [Tortora, 2017]

The phenomenally successful Principles of Anatomy and Physiology continues to set the discipline standard with the 15th edition. Designed for the 2-semester anatomy and physiology course, Principles of Anatomy and Physiology combines exceptional content and outstanding visuals for a rich and comprehensive classroom experience. Enhanced for a digital delivery, the 15th edition, gives students the ability to learn and explore anatomy and physiology both inside and outside of the classroom.

Essentials of Exercise Physiology [McArdle, Katch and Katch, 2015]

Essentials of Exercise Physiology helps students develop a deep understanding of the interrelationships among energy intake, energy transfer during exercise, and the related physiologic systems. As they progress through the book, students also master the how-tos of applying key concepts to enhance exercise training, athletic performance, and health. In addition, the Fifth Edition includes a suite of instructor and student resources designed to save you time and help your students succeed. Student Resources:An online Interactive Question Bank with study and quiz options helps students master the content of the course.


Essential Text Books On Developing Speed, Agility, and Quickness 

Training for Speed, Agility, and Quickness Paperback [ Lee E. Brown, 2014]

This is the ultimate training resource for athletes and coaches. Today's athletes are bigger, stronger, faster and more agile than ever before. Exhibiting a combination of power, speed and quickness, they've raised the bar on performance, competition and training. This total training package, offers exclusive online access to a video library of the most effective drills and exercises for developing movement skills and readers can see how to perform key tests and execute the best and most complex drills from the book. More than 100,000 athletes and coaches around the world have put their trust in previous editions of Training for Speed, Agility, and Quickness and the third edition sets a new standard for training.

Training for Sports Speed and Agility: An Evidence-Based [Paul Gamble]

Speed and agility are central to success in a wide range of sports. Training for Sports Speed and Agility is the first evidence-based study of all those aspects of athletic preparation that contribute to the expression of speed and agility during competition. 

Drawing on the very latest scientific research in the fields of strength and conditioning, applied physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, and sports medicine, the book critically examines approaches to training for speed and agility.

SAQ Rugby: Speed Agility and Quickness for Rugby [Alan Pearson]

As used by the world's top Rugby union teams; Speed is what separates the best players from the rest. But to succeed in the sport today, all rugby players are expected to be able to run, side-step, jump, tackle and control the ball quickly and accurately. SAQ is a revolutionary training method which has proved that the explosive speed, acceleration and reaction times so crucial to the sport can now be developed in all players - whatever their size and shape. Packed with drills designed to get each player to their maximum velocity in the shortest time possible, it also improves balance, coordination and body awareness and hence results in fewer injuries. Essential reading for coaches working with all ages and at all levels.

Developing Speed (NSCA Sport Performance) [Prof Ian Jefferies]

This title deals with maximizing speed in any sport. Athletes in all sports rely to greater or lesser degree on speed, whether it involves sprinting down the track or chasing a loose ball speed often contributes to overall athletic ability. Developing Speed is an elite-level guide to speed development, regardless of the sport involved. In addition to the scientific coverage of speed development, it helps in the assessment of current ability and identification of areas of greatest need. Combining this information with the suggested drills and exercises provides the tools and information for creating an individualised speed development programme.

Developing Power (NSCA Sport Performance) [Mike McGuigan]


Developing Power is the definitive resource for developing athletic power. In Developing Power, you’ll find research-based recommendations from the world’s leading experts on power development. Coverage includes the following: 

  • Assessment protocols for testing jumps, throws, and ballistic exercises 

  • Step-by-step instructions for exercises and drills for upper body, lower body, and total body power 

  • Guidance on how to add progressions safely and effectively for continued development 

  • Multiple training methods, such as explosive weight training, Olympic lifts, and plyometrics 


Developing Agility and Quickness (NSCA Sport Performance) [Jay Dawes]

Developing Agility and Quickness helps athletes blow past those barriers thanks to the top sport conditioning authority in the world, the National Strength and Conditioning Association. NSCA hand-picked its top experts to present the best training advice, drills, and programs for optimizing athletes’ linear and lateral movements. Make Developing Agility and Quickness a key part of your conditioning program, and get a step ahead of the competition.


YMCA Fitness Testing and Assessment Manual is designed to help fitness staff learn to organise and administer the YMCA physical fitness test battery. It includes testing protocols, and chapters on anatomy, physiology and kinesiology to help readers better understand the tests and results.

Essential Text Books On Fitness Testing

NSCA's Guide to Tests and Assessments offers strength and conditioning professionals research-based exercise tests and assessments to measure key fitness components. It is an exceptional reference for practising professionals and a valuable educational resource for students. Beginning with an introduction to testing, data analysis and formulating conclusions, the text then provides a chapter by chapter presentation of tests and assessments for body composition, heart rate and blood pressure, metabolic rate, aerobic power, lactate threshold, muscular strength, muscular endurance, power, speed and agility, mobility and balance, and stability. 

ACSM's Health-Related Physical Fitness Assessment paperback offers  health fitness professionals and students how to appropriately conduct fitness assessment testing. The focus on assessment makes this content critical for those studying to enter the fitness and rehabilitation fields, as well as those already working who need to align their practice to industry standards. This new edition has been fully updated to reflect key changes from the tenth edition of the ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription . The goal of this Fifth Edition of ACSM's Health-Related Physical Fitness Manual is to provide a comprehensive overview of why and how to perform assessments of the five health-related components of physical fitness, namely body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory fitness.

Laboratory Manual for Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing, and Physical Fitness is a comprehensive text designed for exercise physiology, exercise testing, physical fitness, and wellness courses, among others. It covers seven major components of physical fitness: aerobic fitness, fatigue thresholds, muscular strength, muscular endurance, muscular power, body composition and body build, and flexibility. It will be suitable for both colleges and universities with sophisticated laboratories and equipment as well as those that do not have the equipment, facilities, and/or budget to provide students with high-tech lab experiences.


Essential Text Books On Nutrition 

Clinical Sports Nutrition 5th Edition is a cornerstone of the Sports Medicine series offered by McGraw-Hill. This complete practical and clinical reference provides the latest sports nutrition information, drawing on scientific research from around the globe.  This respected reference work is an invaluable asset for students and instructors in the discipline of sports nutrition, and is also essential reading for elite athletes, sports professionals and trainers who need to keep their knowledge current.

Sport Nutrition 3rd Edition presents the principles and rationale for current nutrition guidelines for athletes. Using a physiological basis, this text provides an in-depth look at the science behind sport nutrition. This new edition has been structured with the student in mind. It moves from general principles of nutrition to estimating and fulfilling energy needs with the appropriate combinations of macro- and micronutrients. There is also content on supplements from a scientific standpoint. More than just a simple prescription of recommendations, Sport Nutrition, 3rd Edition offers a systematic presentation of the science supporting nutrition guidelines. It is an ideal book to provide a comprehensive understanding of nutrition and how it relates to sport, exercise performance, training and recovery.

Introduction to Human Nutrition 3rd Edition continues to foster an integrated, broad knowledge of the discipline and presents the fundamental principles of nutrition science in an accessible way. With up-to-date coverage of a range of topics from food composition and dietary reference standards to phytochemicals and contemporary challenges of global food safety, this comprehensive text encourages students to think critically about the many factors and influences of human nutrition and health outcomes. Offers a global, multidisciplinary perspective on food and nutrition Covers nutrition and metabolism of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals Explores new developments in functional foods, supplements and food fortification, and future challenges for nutrition research and practice Explains the digestion, absorption, circulatory transport, and cellular uptake of nutrients Demonstrates the structure and characteristics of nutrients, and the relationship with disease prevention 


Essential Biomechanics Text Books

Fundamental Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise is a comprehensive introductory textbook that explains biomechanical concepts from first principles, showing clearly how the science relates to real sport and exercise situations. The book is divided into two parts. The first provides a clear and detailed introduction to the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system and its structural adaptations, essential for a thorough understanding of human movement. The second part focuses on the biomechanics of movement, describing the forces that act on the human body and the effects of those forces on the movement of the body. 

Biomechanics of Sport & Exercise will help students appreciate the consequences of external forces, how the body generates internal forces to maintain position, and how forces create movement in physical activities. The accompanying web resource includes all of the problems from the book separated by chapter, plus 10 sample problems. This text is also enhanced with access to MaxTRAQ Educational 2D software which enables students to analyse and quantify real world sport movements in video clips and upload their own video content for analysis. In this book, exercise and sport biomechanics are made simple.


Essential Sports Psychology Text Books

Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology 4th Edition is aimed at lecturers, students, athletes, coaches and other professionals. It includes contemporary practical examples, case studies and anecdotes to help students understand various theories and concepts. This edition also comes with access to an online study guide, providing students with a range of practical, interactive learning activities including video clips of sport psychologists in practice and audio clips of many of the field's pioneers and most respected names. Reader-friendly features include chapter objectives and summaries, informative sidebars, key terms, key points and discussion questions in each chapter. Lecturers will be able to easily organise their courses with an emphasis on ease of understanding and quality assessment. 

Sport Psychology for Coaches is a text for undergraduates pursuing professions as coaches, physical education teachers and sport psychologists. This book presents an applied approach to sport psychology and is designed to enable coaches and students to understand key sport psychology tools. It provides coaches with a practical discussion of motivation, communication, stress management, mental imagery and other important topics. It is a reader-friendly organisation that includes: learning objectives that introduce each chapter; sidebars illustrating sport-specific applications of key concepts and principles and chapter summaries. The book also features: chapter review questions for appraising comprehension of the chapter's contents; and, application scenarios that illustrate how concepts discussed in the chapter can be applied in real-world scenarios and a comprehensive glossary.

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology 7th Edition With Web Study Guide-Paper [Weinberg and Gold, 2018]

The leading textbook in sport and exercise psychology is back for a brand new seventh edition. It offers students and lecturers a comprehensive overview of the field, drawing connections between research and practice. This brand new edition introduces students to key concepts, research development and career opportunities available. After this introduction, the text shifts focus to personal factors that can affect performance and behaviour in sport. Students are taught how psychological factors can affect health and exercise. Plus, the text details the consequences of participating in sport and physical activity, including aggression in sport, moral development and good sporting behaviour. Updates to this new edition include a new chapter on diversity and inclusion and new content on popular and emerging areas, such as mindfulness.

NSCA CSCS Exam Preparation Books

CSCS Study Guide 2020 and 2021: CSCS Exam Content Description Booklet 2020-2021 and Practice Test Questions for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam [3rd Edition Book]

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  • CSCS Practice Exam Questions: Test out your skills and evaluate your readiness. 

  • Detailed Answer Explanations: Every practice test comes with an in-depth answer key to help review more difficult material and avoid any confusion. 

CSCS Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Exam Prep: 2021 Edition Study Guide that highlights the knowledge required to pass the CSCS Exam to become a certified strength & conditioning coach.

This study guide covers everything on the exam & references the latest Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Edition presented in an easy to read format that helps to comprehend and retain the information. We value your time, this guide will help you make the most of it while preparing for your exam. Clear & Concise information is organized in the following seven performance domains:

Scientific Foundations

  • Domain 1: Exercise Science - 55% (44 questions)

  • Domain 2: Sport Psychology - 24% (19 questions)

  • Domain 3: Nutrition - 21% (17 questions)

Recall: 31% (25 questions) / Application: 54% (43 questions) / Analysis: 15% (12 questions)

Practical / Applied

  • Domain 1: Exercise Technique - 36% (40 questions)

  • Domain 2: Program Design - 35% (38 questions)

  • Domain 3: Organization& Administration - 11% (12 questions)

  • Domain 4: Testing, Ongoing Monitoring, & Data Evaluation - 18% (20 questions)

Recall: 18% (20 questions) / Application: 50% (55 questions) / Analysis: 32% (35 questions)