Book review: Complete guide to sports training

I have always been a big fan of A&C Blacks Complete Guide to… series, so it was great to read over the ‘Complete Guide to Sports Training’ by John Shepherd.  This is a great book for those personal trainers out there who are new to working with people with a range of sport related goals.

The book is a very easy read with some great information for anyone who is considering training a sports person. Throughout the book there are training tips where John draws on his experience and history of working with athletes to illustrate points he has made in the main text. There are also boxes detailing key information for ease of reference. The book covers a range of key topics including conditioning principles, injury prevention, motor skill development, programming, and nutrition. This all comes together to give the reader a great overview of the areas that they should be looking at in order to improve an individuals sporting performance.

Although the book is not the most theoretical, it does point the trainer in the initial direction of the key principles of strength and conditioning and would make a great accompaniment to many of the new style level 3 sports conditioning courses currently being offered to personal trainers.

Overall I would say the book is very well laid out, an easy read and contains a great deal of information that could be used by a trainer working with sports people or alternatively by the sports person themselves. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

Check this book out at Amazon. 

Tom has been involved in the fitness industry for nearly 20 years. He is a specialist in rehabilitation, exercise referral and helping other fitness professionals to improve their business. He is also involved with course development, teaching, assessing and IQA of a range of training courses. He is always willing to meet other professionals so please do contact him via social media with any questions or just to say hello.

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