Suggested Readings


This is a list of books that are in my library that I suggest everyone interested in Athletic Development should read.

Historical Works

  • Bunn, John. (1955) Scientific Principles of Coaching. New York, New York: Prentice Hall, Inc.
  • Dintiman, George B. What Research Tells The Coach About Sprinting. AAHPER, Washington, D.C. 1974
  • Doherty, Ken. Track & Field Omnibook (Fourth Edition). Los Altos, CA. Tafnews Press. 1985
  • Doherty, Ken. Modern Track & Field. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1963
  • Gillman, Sid & Roy, Alvin. World Champion San Diego Chargers Strength Program- In and Out of Season. 1963
  • Counsilman, James E. The Science of Swimming. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1968
  • Dyson,Geoffrey H.G. The Mechanics of Athletics. New York. Holmes & Meier Publishers. Seventh Edition, 1977
  • Hoffman, Bob. Better Athletes Through Weight Training. York, PA: Strength & Health Publishing Company, 1959
  • Jesse John: Hidden causes of injury, prevention, and correction for running athletes. The Athletic Press. Pasadena, CA 1977
  • Knotts, Dorothy E. and Voss, Margaret. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation: Patterns and Techniques
  • Miller, Carl. Olympic Lifting Training Manual
  • Nideffer, Robert M. The Inner Athlete- Mind Plus Muscle for Winning. New York, New York. Thomas Y. Crowell Company. 1976.
  • O’ Shea, Patrick. (1976) Second Edition. Scientific Principles and Methods of Strength Fitness. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
  • Dominguez, Richard H. M.D., and Gajda, Robert S. Total Body Training. New York, N.Y: Warner Books,1982.
  • Logan, Gene A. and McKinney, Wayne C. Kinesiology. Wm. C. Brown Company Publishers. 1970
  • Todd, Mabel E. The Thinking Body. Princeton Book Company Publishers. Highston, NJ. 1937
  • Wilt ,Fred. Editor. Second Edition. How They Train Volume III: Sprinting And Hurdling. Tafnews Press. Los Altos, California. 1973

Youth & Development

  • Colvin, Geoff. Talent Is Overrated- What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. New York. New York. Bantam Publishing. 2009
  • Coyle, Daniel. The Talent Code- Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. New York. New York. Penguin Group. 2009
  • Drabik, Jo’zef Ph.D., Children & Sports Training, Island Pond, Vermont: Stadion Publishing Company, Inc. 1996
  • Farrey, Tom. Game On- The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children. New York, New York. ESPN Books. 2008
  • Gabbard, Carl., Leblanc, Elizabeth., and Lowy, Susan. Physical Education for Children-Building the Foundation, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1987
  • Starkes, Janet L. and Ericsson, K. Anders. Editors. Expert Performance in Sports- Advances in Research on Sport Expertise. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics Books, Inc. 2003


  • Bosch, Frans., and Klomp, Ronald. Running- Biomechanics and exercise Physiology Applied in Practice. London. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. 2005
  • Bosco, Carmelo. Strength Assessment with Bosco’s Test, Italian Society of Sport Science, Rome, 1999
  • Bruggemann, G.P. Koszewski, D. & Muller, H. Biomechanical Research Project Athens 1997- Final Report, International Athletics Foundation. Meyer & Meyer Sport, Oxford, UK 1999.
  • Cometti, Gilles. La Pliometrie. Universite De Bourgogne, 1988
  • Curwin, Sandra. & Stanish, William D. M.D. and Mandel, Scott. Tendinitis: it’s Etiology and Treatment, New New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Gustavsen R, Streeck R: Training Therapy; Prophylaxix and Rehabilitation. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers 1993
  • Gambetta, Vernon A. The Gambetta Method- A Common Sense Guide To Functional Training for Athletic Performance. Sarasota, FL: Gambetta Sports Training.2002
  • Gambetta, Vernon A. Athletic Development- The Art & Science of Functional Sports Conditioning. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishing Company. 2007
  • Kraemer, William J. and Hakkinen, Keijo. Editors. (2002) Strength Training for Sport. London, England: Blackwell Science, Ltd
  • Komi, P. V., Editor(Second Edition) Strength and Power In Sport, London: Blackwell Scientific Publications. 2003
  • Training In Sport- Applying Sport Science. Edited by Elliot, Bruce and Mester, J. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, West Sussex. England. 1998
  • Mach, Gerard. Sprints & Hurdles. Canadian Track & Field Association, Ontario. 1980
  • Noakes, Tim, MD. The Lore of Running. Fourth Edition. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics Books, Inc.2003.
  • Platonov, Vladimir N. and Bulatova, Marina M. La Preparacion Fisica- Deporte & Entrenamiento. Fouth Edition. Barcelona, Spain. Editorial Paidotribo. 2006
  • Radcliffe, James C. and Faentinos, Robert C. (1999) High- Powered Plyometrics. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishing Company.
  • Scholich, Manfred. (1986) Circuit Training. Berlin: Sportverlag
  • Stone, M., and O’ Bryant, H. (1987) Weight Training: A Scientific Approach, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Burgess Publishing Company.
  • Starzynski, Tadeusz. And Sozanski, Henryk. (1999) Explosive Power and Jumping Ability for all Sports. Island Pond, VT: Stadion Publishing Company.
  • Vittori, Carlo in collaboration with Plinio Castrucci, Ida Nicolini, Ennio Preatoni. Corse Di Velocita. Atleticastudi. Fidal- Centr Studi & Ricerche, Anno XIV, May/June 1983

Planed Performance Training (Periodization)

  • Berkun, Scott. The Art of Project Management, Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly Media, Inc. 2005
  • Bondarchuk, Anatoliy. Transfer of Training in Sports. Michigan, USA. Ultimate Athlete Concepts. 2007
  • Harre, Dietrich. Principles of Sports Training- Introduction to the Theory and methods of Training. Berlin, GDR: Sportverlag. 1982
  • Issurin, Vladimir. Principles and Basics of Advanced Athletic Training. Michigan, USA. Ultimate Athlete Concepts. 2008
  • Issurin, Vladimir. Block Periodization- Breakthrough in Sport Training. Michigan, USA. Ultimate Athlete Concepts. 2008
  • Kurz, Thomas., Science of Sports Training, Second Edition. Island Pont, Vt: Stadion Publishing Company, 2001
  • Manso, Juan, Valdivielso, Manuel, and Caballero, Jose. Planificacion del Entrenamento Deportivo. Madrid, Spain. Gymnos, Editorial Deportiva. 1996.
  • Mujika, Inigo. Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics Books, Inc. 2009
  • Olbrecht, Jan. The Science of Winning- Planning, Periodizing and Optimizing Swim Training. Swim Shop, Luton, England. 2000
  • Rapaso, Vasconcelos A. Planificacion Y Organizacion del Entrenamento Deportivo. Barcelona, Spain. Editorial Paidotribo. 2000

Sports Science

  • Calais-Germain, Blanche. Anatomy of Movement. Seattle, Washigton. Eastland Press. 1993
  • Cometti, Giles. Los Metodos Modernos de Musculacion. Third Edition. Barcelona, Spain. Editorial Paidotribo. 2001.
  • Enoka, Roger M. Neuromechanical Basis of Kinesiology Second Edition. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics Books, Inc.
  • Kellman, Michael, Editor. Enhancing Recovery- Preventing Underperformance in Athletes. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics Books, Inc. 2002
  • Kreighbaum, Ellen and Barthels, Katharine M. Biomechanics – A Qualitative Approach for Studying Human Movement. Fourth edition. Boston, Allyn and Bacon. 1996.
  • Lieber, Richard L. (2002) Skeletal Muscle Structure, Function & Plasticity- The Physiological Basis of Rehabilitation. Second Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincot Williams & Wilkins.
  • McArdle, William D. Katch, Frank I. And Katch, Victor L. (2007) Sixth Edition. Exercise Physiology- Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance. Baltimore, MD. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
  • Newton, Robert U. Expression and Development of Maximal Muscle Power. Doctoral Dissertation, Southern Cross University, 1997
  • Winters, Jack M, Woo, Savio L-Y, Editors. Multiple Muscle Systems- Biomechanics and Movement Organization. New York, New York. Springer-Verlag. 1990

Teaching & Skill Acquisition

  • Davids, Keith, Button, Chris, Bennett, Simon. Dynamics of Skill Acquisition- A Constraints-Led Approach. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics Books, Inc.2008.
  • Hannaford, Carla. Smart Moves- Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head. Great Ocean Publishers. Arlington, Virginia 1995
  • Nater, swen and Gallimore, Ronald. You Haven’t taught Until They Have Learned: John Wooden’s Teaching Principles and Practices. Morgantown, WV. Fitness Information Technology. 2006.

Creativity & Innovation

  • Brown, Tim. Change By Design- How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. New York, New York. Harper Collins. 2009
  • Collins, Jim. How the Mighty Fall- and Why Some Companies Never Give In. New York, New York. Harper Collins. 2009
  • Dweck, Carol. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Random House.2006
  • Gardner, Howard. Five Minds for the Future. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. 2006
  • Hargadon, Andrew. How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. 2003
  • Johansson, Frans. The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. 2003
  • Kelly, Tom. The Art of Innovation. New York: Doubleday. 2001
  • Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind- Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age. New York: Riverhead Books. 2005

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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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