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Top Athletic Development Books: David Tenney

by on Mar 19th, 2011

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David Tenney is the Seattle Sounder’s Fitness Coach and has played an important role in team’s success since the start of his tenure.  What first drew me to Dave Tenney’s work was his detailed understanding of training monitoring via OmegaWave and team monitoring devices and his emphasis on programming to effectively influence the internal milieu of the athlete with training to reach desirable outcomes.  David’s work is rooted strongly in sport science and he is truly a technician when it comes to developing energy systems.  Here they are; David Tenney’s Top Athletic Development Books:
1.  Adaptations in Sports TrainingAtko Viru – At the end of the day, what performance coaches are really after are creating lasting, sustained adaptations and changes to the metabolic, neuromuscular, cardiac, and hormonal systems. This book, better than anything else out there, discusses the mechanisms of how to make that happen. I don’t think we spend enough time understanding what cascade of event we are trying to elicit throughout the body with our training programs, and this will be insightful at a rare unique level.
2.  Ultimate MMA Conditioning – Joel Jamieson & Block Training System in Endurance RunningYuri Verkhoshansky – I always put these two books together, because they complement each other’s ability to discuss metabolic training, and especially improving local muscular endurance to make rapid fitness gains. I think anyone trying to “figure out” fitness needs to start with these two books. Joel’s book especially, brings down the scientific biochemical effects of metabolism and simplifies them for coach and athlete alike.
3.  Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in SportsIt’s just a journal, of course, but it has been, in my opinion, at the leading edge of reporting what’s going on in sports science and training today. Anyone involved in training high level athletes needs to get the October 2010 Supplemental Issue. It’s a series of research reviews done on “Performance in Top Sports Involving Intense Exercise”, and there are 5-6 must read reviews in there.
4.  Why Zebras Don’t Get UlcersSapolsky – The entire “hormonal response to stress in sport” is also something that our educational system doesn’t really take enough time discussing. Understanding the balance of sympathetic vs para-sympathetic states, and the long-term vs short-term effects of stress can really be the make-or-break factors of our program design. This book does a wonderful job of explaining all of it in a simplified and humorous way, while still being a good detailed read.
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