Renowned Chef Mario Batali once said. "Reading is a key feature in the life of every single successful person I have ever met." I whole heartedly agree with him. In order to be successful, we must continually pursue knowledge. Reading is an excellent way to do this.
These are just a few works I have read over the years that have taught me a great deal:
So much of baseball is mental, particularly in my position, pitching. This can be especially true after an injury. During college I read Mind Gym and it opened me up to a completely new tool set that I was able to use on and off the field. I highly recommend this book not just for athletes, but for anyone looking to succeed.
I can only imagine how hard it is to be a parent of a young athlete. You want to push your child to be the best they can be, but you know that if you push too hard your child can "burnout". Cressey highlights some important tips that I have implemented in my coaching. Must read for parents and coaches alike.
An online description of the book reads. "Many books explain what muscles are used during exercise, but no other resource brings the anatomy to life like Strength Training Anatomy. Over 600 full-color illustrations reveal the primary muscles worked along with all the relevant surrounding structures, including bones, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissue.
Like having an X-ray for each exercise, the anatomical depictions show both superficial and deep layers and detail how various setup positions affect muscle recruitment and emphasize underlying structures. New pages show common strength training injuries in a fascinating light and offer precautions to help you exercise safely."
In my opinion, this book is a necessity for anyone in the strength world. I find myself reaching for it time and time again and am sure I will continue to do so over my career.