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Resources to Learn How to Get Better at Getting Better

I am convinced that going forward in sport the biggest gains and the so called marginal gains too will come from how we get better at getting better. How we can improve our teaching, how we make practice and training more meaningful and effective will be the biggest difference makers. I am going to make this a major focus for the rest of my career. In that spirit, I am sharing with you this list of resources. This is by no means exhaustive, it is just the books I have in my library that I have read. I am now in the process of re-reading some of these books and going through them all and reviewing the annotations and underlinings to put together an action plan of principles we can all use as coaches. It's going to take some time. I am interested in hearing from you about other resources and ideas in this area. We will all get better at getting better by sharing.

Aposhan, Susan. Natural Intelligence – Body-Mind Integration and Human Development. Williams & Wilkins. Baltimore .1999

Berthoz, Alain. The Brain’s Sense Of Movement. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press. 2000

Brown, Peter C., Roediger II, Henry L., Danile, Mark A. Make it Stick – The Science of Successful Learning. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Cambridge, MA 2014.

Butler, David S. The Sensitive Nervous System. Adelaide, Australia: Noigroup Publications. 2000

Carey, Benedict. How We Learn – The Surprising Truth About When, Where and Why It Happens. Random House. New York. 2014

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Harper Perennial. New York. 1990

Coker, Cheryl A. Motor Learning & Control for Practitioners (Second Edition). Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers, Scottsdale, AZ. 2009

Connor, Marcia L. Learn More Now – 10 Simple Steps to Learning Better, Smarter & Faster. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ. 2004

Coyle, Daniel. The Little Book of Talent. Bantam Book. New York. 2012

Coyle, Daniel. The Talent Code. Bantam Book. New York. 2009

Davids, Keith. Button, Chris. Bennett, Simon. Dynamics of Skill Acquisition – A Constraints-Led Approach. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishing Company. 2008

Doherty, Ken. (1985) Track & Field Omnibook (Fourth Edition)

Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit – Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business. Random House. New York. 2012

Dweck, Carol. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Random House. 2006

Farr, Steven. Teaching As Leadership – The Highly Effective Teacher’s Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco. 2010

Foley, John. Glad To Be Here Debrief – Activating High Performance for Teams. CenterPoint Publishing. 2015

Gawande, Atul. The Checklist Manifesto – How to Get Things Right.  Metropolitan Books. New York. 2009

Gazzaley, Adam and Rosen, Larry D. The Distracted Mind – Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. 2016

Gilbert, Wade. Coaching Better Every Season – A Year-Round System for Athlete Development and Program Success. Human Kinetics. Champaign, Il. 2017

Gray, Peter. Free to Learn – Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Basic Books. New York. 2013

Green, Elizabeth. Better Teacher – How Teaching Works. W.W. Norton & Company. New York. 2014

Goleman, Daniel. Focus – The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Harper Collins. 2013

Halvorson, Heidi Grant and Higgins, E. Tory. Focus – Use Different Ways of Seeing the World for Success and Influence. Hudson Street Press. New York. 2013

Hannaford, Carla. Smart Moves – Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head. Great Ocean Publishers. Arlington, Virginia 1995

Helfand, David J. A Survival Guide to The Information Age – Scientific Habits of the Mind. Columbia University Press, New York. 2016

Herman, Amy E. Visual Intelligence – Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Boston & New York. 2016

Hurson, Tim. Think Better – An innovator’s Guide To Productive Thinking. McGraw Hill. New York. 2008

Jensen, Frances E. and Nutt, Amy Ellis. The Teenage Brain – A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Harper Collins. New York, 2015

Johnson, Steven. Mind Wide Open – Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life. Scribner, New York. 2004

Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking Fast and Slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. New York. 2011

Kaufman, Scott Barry – Editor. The Complexity of Greatness – Beyond Talent & Practice. Oxford University Press. New York. 2013

Kaufman, Scott Barry. Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. Basic Books. New York. 2013

Kelly, Tom. The Art of Innovation. New York: Doubleday. 2001

Knapp, Barbara. Skill In Sport. Routledge & K. Paul, 1963

Lakoff, George. And Johnson, Mark. Metaphors We Live By. University of Chicago Press. Chicago and London. 1980

Lemov, Doug., Woolway, Erica and Yezi, Katie. Practice perfect – 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco. 2012

Leonard, Charles T. The Neuroscience of Human Movement. Mosby. St. Louis. 1998

Leonard, George. Mastery – The Keys to Success and Long-term Fulfillment. New York: Penguin Books USA.1992

Leonard, George. The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei. New York: Penguin Books USA. 2000

Levitin, Daniel J. The Organized Mind – Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Dutton, New York. 2014

Levitin, Daniel J. A Field Guide to Lies – Critical Thinking in the Information Age. Dutton. New York. 2016

Longstaff, A. Instant Notes – Neuroscience. BIOS Scientific Publishers, Taylor & Francis Group. London and New York, 2000

Leslie, Ian. Curious – The Desire To Know and Why Your Future Depends On It. Basic Books. New York. 2014

Medina, John. Brain Rules – 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School. Pear Press. Seattle. 2008

Magill, Richard A. Motor Learning and Control – Concepts and Application. Ninth Edition. New York: McGraw Hill. 2007

Meadows, Donella H. and Wright, Wright – Editor. Thinking in Systems – A Primer. Chelsea Green Publishing. White River Junction. Vermont. 2008

Michalko, Michael. Thinkertoys (Second Edition). Ten Speed Press. Berkeley. 2006

Newport, Cal. Deep Work – Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World. Grand Central Publishing. New York and Boston. 2016

Nater, Swen and Gallimore, Ronald. You Haven’t Taught Until They Have Learned – John Wooden’s Teaching Principles and Practices. Fitness Information Technology. Morgantown, WV 2006

Nidefer, Bob. The Inner Athlete – Mind Plus Muscle For Winning. Thomas Y. Crowell Company. New York. 1976

Peters, Steve. The Chimp Paradox – The Mind Management Programme for Confidence, Success and Happiness. Vermillion, London. 2011

Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind – Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age. New York: Riverhead Books. 2005

Pink, Daniel H. Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Books. 2009

Ramachandran, V.S. and Blakeslee. Phantoms In The Brain – Probing The Mysteries Of The Human Mind. Quill. New York. 1998

Ratey, John J. and Hagerman, Eric. Spark – The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Little, Brown and Company, NY, London, Boston. 2008

Renshaw, Ian, Davids, Keith and Savelsbergh, Geert J.P. Editors. Motor Learning in Practice – A Constraints led approach.  London, England: Routledge Taylor & Francis group.  2010

Restak, Richard. Mozarts Brain and the Fighter Pilot – Unleashing Your Brain’s Potential. Three Rivers Press. New York. 2001

Siegel, Daniel J. The Mindful Brain – Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being. W.W. Norton & Company. New York. 2007

Stafford, Tom and Webb, Matt. Mind Hacks – Tips & Tools for Using Your Brain. O’Reilly. Sebastopol, CA 2005

Tutko, Tom and Ogilvie, Bruce. Problem Athletes and How to Handle Them. London. Pelham Books.1966 

Vanek, Miroslav and Cratty, Bryant J. Psychology and the Superior Athlete.  Toronto, Ontario: Collier-Macmillan Canada, Ltd., 1970

Vickers, Joan N. Instructional design For Teaching Physical Activities – A Knowledge Structures Approach. Human Kinetics. Champaign, Il. 1990

Vickers, Joan N. Perception, Cognition, And Decision Training – The Quiet Eye in Action. Human Kinetics. Champaign, Il. 2007

Whiting, H.T.A. Acquiring Ball Skill – A Psychological Interpretation. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger. 1969

Williams, Mark A. and Hodges, Nicola J. Skill Acquisition In Sport – Research, Theory And Practice. Routledge. London and New York. 2004

Wrisberg, Craig A. Sport Skill Instruction for Coaches. Human Kinetics. Champaign, Il. 2007

Wulf, Gabriele. Attention and Motor Skill Learning. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishing Company. 2007

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