Resources for S&C coaches

Functional Training For Sports 2nd edition

by: Mike Boyle (Human Kinetics, 2016)

Overview: Michael Boyle, one of the world’s leading sport performance coaches, presents the concepts, methods, exercises, and programs that maximize athletes’ movements in competition. A series of functional assessments help in determining the design of a specific plan for each athlete. Self-reinforcing progressions in exercises for the lower body, core, upper body, and ultimately total body give athletes the balance, proprioception, stability, strength, and power they require for excelling in their sports. Sample programs assist in the customization process and ensure each aspect of preparation for physical performance (Source: Amazon)


My Take: It's an essential read for young strength and conditioning coaches.  Coach Boyle outlines the recipe that he's crafted over the 30+ years of experience he's gained in pro sports, private sector and consulting.  He also teaches the basics that any good coach will need to know including: warmups, speed & change of direction training, explosive training, strength training and conditioning. You will learn how create your own recipes based off his exercise categories, exercise selection, program design, progressions/regressions. I believe that if you form the basis of your training from this book you'll be ahead of 80% of coaches out there. It will allow you to eventually build your own system off of it as you gain experience. MUST OWN. 

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